selection of volunteers

Good selection for better volunteers

When browsing through the websites of different volunteer travel companies and organizations you can notice a small, but very important difference. Whereas many offers can be booked immediately online, others request the potential volunteer to apply first. So, where are the differences and why are they so important? Why should there be a selection process at all?   Being serious about volunteering For the client – or the applicant – […]


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Australia’s Parliament formally recognizes orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery

Australia’s breakthrough in the fight against orphanage (volun)tourism   Great news from Australia! Australia’s Parliament formally recognizes orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery and will introduce a new legislation before the end of 2018. The modern anti-slavery legislation will be introduced into the Australian Parliament in 2018. Australian Parliament accepted the Committee’s recommendations in the inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. Click here for the […]


orphanage tourism

Explained: Australia’s parliamentary inquiry to combat orphanage tourism 3

During the last few weeks we heard spectacular news about some of the largest travel and volunteer sending companies (i.a. Projects Abroad[1], World Challenge[2] WorkingAbroad[3]) to stop sending volunteers into residential care institutions (orphanages). This is a great deal regarding children rights within the tourism and volunteer travel sector. But there is no such decision without a good reason especially if it is about leaving a huge market potential aside. […]


IVHQ Review – The Capitalization Of The Volunteer Sector 4

One of the biggest volunteer travel agents, International Volunteer HQ, was taken over by an investment firm. Furthermore, the Global Travel Academy seems to be a good example, on how the industry takes advantage of volunteers. This article explains the the story behind this take over and what it means for the volunteer travel industry.   Major share of the volunteer travel agent International Volunteer HQ sold to global investment […]


How to create Change as a volunteer 1

One of the biggest debates in the volunteering and voluntourism world is the question if volunteers can create change at all. On one side, most developmental organisation deny this idea completely. They feel their well established project designs and models of professional support challenged by well-meaning amateurs. On the other side volunteering organisations and volunteers are convinced to contribute to global development and understand this debate as an attack on […]