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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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selection of volunteers

Good selection for better volunteers

When browsing through the websites of different volunteer travel companies and organizations you can notice a small, but very important difference. Whereas many offers can be booked immediately online, others request the potential volunteer to apply first. So, where are the differences and why are they so important? Why should there be a selection process at all?   Being serious about volunteering For the client – or the applicant – […]

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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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FAIRREISEN statt Verreisen

Rezension: FAIRreisen statt Verreisen von deepertravel

Mit der Veröffentlichung des E-Books  FAIRreisen statt Verreisen ist es Eva Garderer und Robert M. Bichler von www.deepertravel.de gelungen die wichtigsten und zentralsten Punkte rund um individuelle (Langzeit-)reisen zusammenzubringen. Dabei verknüpfen sie eng die Themen des individuellen Reisens und des Volunteerings, bzw. ehrenamtlicher oder freiwilliger Arbeit im Ausland. Nichtsdestotrotz ist das Buch sicherlich auch für Individualreisende ohne Ambitionen eines Freiwilligendienstes hilfreich.   Praktisch für die Praxis Dem Buch FAIRreisen statt […]

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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 […]

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