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The real learnings of returned long term volunteers

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 […]


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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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 […]


IVHQ Review – The Capitalization Of The Volunteer Sector

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 […]


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 […]