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Projects Abroad review

Projects Abroad review of the long and rocky path to the end of orphanage trips

Projects Abroad review – Projects Abroad and World Challenge are the first companies to stop orphanage trips!   Yesterday was a big step forward for the efforts for more ethical and sustainable operations within the voluntourism industry. ABC Australia and the Guardian reported, that the volunteer travel agency Projects Abroad announced to no longer send their clients to volunteer in orphanages by the end of 2017. For the implementation they […]

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Responsible volunteering advice

IVHQ Zimbabwe and Nakavango – an example on how to find an ethical wildlife volunteer project in Africa

We have received recently a very interesting question in our Facebook group critical volunteering reviews and in our Question and Answer section. The question about IVHQ Zimbabwe received very interesting comments and answers. That’s why we decided to write an article about it. How to search for a wildlife project in Africa It is important to know that most international volunteer travel companies outsource responsibilities (read here why) to local organizations, most int. […]

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Weltdienst 30+

Weltdienst 30+

At responsible-volunteering.com one of our goals is to promote alternatives to conventionally organised volunteer travel experiences. This is why we presented earlier this year the ideas behind the weltwärts reverse program, in which volunteers from the global south travel to Germany to volunteer in local social projects. Another program, which is also financially supported by the German government, just as the  weltwärts reverse programme is the “Weltdienst 30+”, which could […]

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preparation volunteering overseas

Survey for returned long term volunteers! Be part of a book about volunteering overseas

Returned Volunteer Survey for LearningService.info You have volunteered overseas for more than 3 months? Perfect, your experience is needed. Our friends from LearningService.info are about to launch a book and you can be part of it! Just fill out this short survey, it takes only a minute. Claire, Daniela, Joe, and Zahara at LearningService.info are keen to learn from your insights, the book can only be realized with your participation. […]

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Paved with Good Intentions? The Orphanage Tourism Business and New Zealand’s Role

The United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As we set sail into 2017, it is imperative to be reminded of the human rights implications of tourism. Facebook recently notified me that three years ago, I was volunteering in Cambodia. A photo of a group of us after a rice distribution served to remind me of my naiivity and the pressing need to educate […]

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