Sebastian Drobner


About Sebastian Drobner

Sebastian has eight years of experience in international development cooperation, lived in five countries and on three continents. He started to get into the world of development in 2008 when he volunteered for one year in Cambodia for a local Voluntourism project. He then received a contract as an advisor through Bread for the World in Germany and supported the development of the program Volunteer Action for Cambodia by Star Kampuchea until 2012. At the same time he was responsible for the development of the government founded volunteer program Weltwärts of Bread for the World in Cambodia and it`s mentoring. From 2012 to 2013 he changed into the head office of Bread for the world where he was responsible for the administration of their volunteer program as a program assistant. Now he is studying International Social Work and Development and works part time in development projects. Part of this course was an internship in the Solomon Islands where he worked in a tourism course and developed a volunteer program for Don Bosco Technical Institute Solomon Islands. The knowledge he gained when he finished a three-year training in Hotel and tourism helped during this experience.


Voluntourism: A dubious American-Nepali volunteer travel network

Voluntourism: The messy volunteer travel industry   The documentary “Kritisch Reisen: Gutes tun im Urlaub – und wer daran verdient” has been produced by a German television channel to raise more awareness on the difficult topic of voluntourism. The 45 min long documentary was screened on the 22.08.2018 at 22.10 on WDR and is available on YouTube and WDR online. We, Responsible Volunteering, supported the production with regular advice, interviews and […]


Fake Reviews and Voluntourism: TravellersQuest.com was set up to misslead volunteers

When volunteering overseas, fake reviews are a big problem. Many volunteer travel companies try to influence online reviews wherever possible. This concerning trend, that harms ethical operators, has made it difficult to identify sustainable programs based on reviews and travel websites. We published in the past an article about possible connections of International Volunteer HQ to the review and advertising platform www.abroadreview.com. This time we had a look at www.TravellersQuest.com. […]


Volunteering in orphanages: How to spot an unethical organization!

Volunteering in Orphanages and Responsible Volunteering on German TV To create more awareness on the difficult topic of voluntourism, the Bayrischer Rundfunk has produced a new documentary by sending an undercoverjournalist to volunteer in Nepal. Our Co-Founder was asked by Bayerischer Rundfunk (a German television channel) to analyze and comment on this volunteer program for their production, before they left to Nepal. We would like to use this opportunity to […]


IVHQ Experience: Overview of Local IVHQ Partner Organizations

IVHQ experience: This article and list will help you to find out more about IVHQs local partner organizations and placements. Scroll down to see the overview. International Volunteer HQ – Biggest volunteer travel company worldwide International Volunteer HQ is the biggest provider of voluntourism opportunities worldwide, claiming to have a 34% share of the market. IVHQ works with local partner organization, travel agencies and nonprofit organizations, that implement and run their […]


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Green Lion & IVHQ Turtle Tourism Project in Fiji Shut Down by Police

Volunteering Fiji: In Fiji, it has become very popular for tourists to volunteer for some weeks in kindergarten, schools or in conservation projects to save sea turtles. Mainly westerners between 18 and 25 years are looking for an adventure and to “help” others – alongside traveling. But what is the problem with that?   Green Lion IVHQ turtle conservation project shut down by police Often the volunteer travel projects are […]


Review Ubelong and general safety advice for volunteers

To understand the impact companies have on the quality of programs, it is important to understand how volunteer companies operate. Here are some information on how Ubelong sets up their programs: Ubelong teams up with local organizations, that carry out the services and work on the ground. This are independent institutions. Ubelong works with exclusive partnerships but also local partners that take on other international companies. In Vietnam they cooperate […]