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Turtle Project Shut Down in Fiji

In Fiji, it has become very popular for Tourists to volunteer for a week or more in a 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 Fiji turtle conservation project shut down  Often the volunteer travel projects are designed […]

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Voluntourism – How to better protect children in destination countries 2

On March 9th 2018, child protection experts and representatives from the tourism industry came together for a penal discussion organized by ECPAT Germany and Tourism Watch during the International Tourism Fair (ITB) in Berlin. Voluntourism is a growing market; in particular, projects with children are highly popular amongst volunteers. However, there are very few procedures and tools in order to keep children in those projects safe. A growing number of […]

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The real learnings of returned long term volunteers 3

The big hopes of many volunteer programs are not only the direct outcomes created by participants but what the volunteers do with the learnings they gained through volunteering overseas afterwards. Volunteers leave their host countries with new knowledge, understanding and new perspectives that will stay with them long after they have returned. In our earlier article we have already outlined how difficult it is for volunteers to create real change through their […]

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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 […]

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