You want to learn on how – NOT TO – save the world? This website is for all do-gooders who are looking for a responsible volunteer trip but don’t want to end up in an irresponsible program accidentally. The campaign explains how to get started and gives plenty of good advice on how to pick the good programs. On top of that, there is a clear outline on what NOT TO DO when volunteering overseas. Furthermore, the campaign is great fun! It’s really creative which makes it interesting for everyone who is interested in responsible volunteering! Puting an end to irresponsible volunteering Their website aims to raise awareness and educate about how to volunteer responsibly. They want to ensure that volunteers […]
Learning Service: A great website full of resources! A helpful guide book can be downloaded there (if you register), which we found to be extremely helpful for anyone considering to volunteer overseas. In addition a self check tool for voluntourism companies or institutions that receive volunteers can be downloaded without registering. On top of that you find plenty of helpful self made videos on their website and youtube channel, which help to understand voluntourism and to prepare for a volunteer trip overseas. The organization announced the release of a book about voluntourism. You can be notified about the release here. Learning Services keeps the public updated with articles about intercultural learning […]
Orphanage volunteering is a very comman way to spend a voluntourism trip abroad. You have thought to volunteer in an orphanage as well? Well, then this website is for you. Better Volunteering Better Care is an outstanding and extremely informative initiative full of academical work with the goal to educate and advocate on voluntourism and it`s (mainly negative) impact on orphanages. A Global working group has been established to connect and support those working on this issue. The working group is full of very well known organizations that took a stand against orphanage volunteering. Responsible Volunteering in orphanages means for us, to work only in institutional care if you have the qualifications, […]
Responsible volunteering: The website www.responsiblevolunteering.co.uk was initiated by Natasha Stein, who worked for six years as a volunteer placement advisor for VSO. She has developed a comprehensive and well organized website full of personal advice, based on her own experience and research. She covers everything: finding a placement, preparation, how to volunteer and returning home.
Comhlámh: Comhlámh is an Irish organization with a great website. They developed an excellent coming home guide and plenty of other useful information such as social media guidebook for volunteers to tackle the problem that volunteers publish too often inappropriate photos or experience reports on the world wide web, which rather stigmatize the people they volunteer for. Comhlámh is a great organization and platform to learn more about about volunteering and development issues. Also for volunteer sending agencies, for whom this code for good practise was developed.
Great responsible volunteering advice for everyone who is planning to volunteer The website www.responsiblevolunteering.co.uk was initiated by Natasha Stein. She worked six years as a volunteer placement advisor for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Thereupon she developed a comprehensive and well organized website which is full of Responsible Volunteering advice. Particularly interesting is, that all her advice is based on her own experience and research. Equally usefull is, that Natasha Stein covers everything on her website: finding a placement, preparation, how to volunteer and returning home.
Tourism Concern: Tourism Concern works for ethical and fair trade tourism which benefits both, travellers and the people and places they visit. They expose tourism’s worst human rights abuses and campaign against them. In addition they promote tourism that benefits local people in tourist destinations. They have a great website with plenty of articles about voluntourism listed. Well, if you like it you can sign up for a membership which gives you access to a database full of materials. Tourism Concern cooperates with the German based campaign Tourism Watch, who have carried out (english) and collected (German) some great research about voluntourism.