How to create Change as a volunteer

One of the biggest debates in the volunteering and voluntourism world is the question if volunteers can create change at all. On one side, most developmental organisation deny this idea completely. They feel their well established project designs and models of professional support challenged by well-meaning amateurs. On the other side volunteering organisations and volunteers are convinced to contribute to global development and understand this debate as an attack on […]

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Projects Abroad review

Projects Abroad review of the long and rocky path to the end of orphanage trips 2

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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IVHQ Zimbabwe and Nakavango – an example on how to find an ethical wildlife volunteer project in Africa 1

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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