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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 young people about the dangers of orphanage tourism.   What is orphanage tourism? Voluntourism is the professionalised phenomenon of volunteering whilst traveling abroad in developing countries. One of the more popular forms is orphanage tourism, which includes day trips to […]

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Rethinking volunteering – reverse programs to the global north 1

The german government and civil society organizations are conducting an interesting experiment – and apparently a pretty successful one, too. Within the last four years almost 2000 volunteers from countries of the global south – development countries – came to Germany for their reverse voluntary service. They work in kindergartens, support local NGOs and international development agencies, support schools and work with elderly people. The important thing: Volunteers don’t have to pay for the stay. Their work and all occurring costs are covered by the government, NGOs and donors. But why? N.B.: This text has originally been published at our friends from vofair. Ever since the German government offered the possibility […]

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Four Questions to ask Yourself @matadornetwork.com

Thinking about volunteering? For starters, read this article asking you some helpful questions to find out what you are looking for and what you are about to do.     Dear volunteers in Africa: please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions – Matador Network Matador is a travel and lifestyle brand redefining travel media with cutting edge adventure stories, photojournalism, and social commentary. Source: matadornetwork.com/life/dear-volunteers-africa-please-dont-come-help-youve-asked-four-questions/  

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