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End Humanitarian Douchery: A Great campaign to end irresponsible volunteering

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 […]

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Learning Service – learn before you go

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 […]

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Orphanage voluntourism: #StopOrphanTrips campaign

Orphanage voluntourism harms vulnerable children. This great video explains why and what to do about it. The video is part of the global #StopOrphanTrips campaign. Sixty years of research prove that orphanages are no solution… Sixty years of research has proven that institutionalized care is the worst solution for children. The kids are being exposed to many risks. The result of institutionalized care and voluntourism in orphanages are brain development problems, alarming social behavior and reintegration challenges into the community as well as many other problems. There are other solutions… Around 80 percent of children in orphanages have living parents. Research and experience has shown that there are better solutions than to institutionalize children. Extended families, family support, community […]

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Global service Partnerships vs Voluntourism: Research insights

Global service partnerships are a great learning and development cooperation tool. This video explains the reasons and why global service partnerships might be the best option to help abroad. Voluntourism and service trips under fire… Orphanage Volunteering and voluntourism have been under fire for some time for many reasons.  This video contains information on why and how voluntourism and donations support the growth of the so called „orphan industry“ . The demand for short term placements in orphanages and health care facilities is growing. Whereas it is great that there is increasing interest in voluntourism, it is not great that the projects volunteers are placed in have a negative impact on the […]

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Comhlámh: intercultural learning and profesional advice on voluntourism

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.

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Talk shows and presentations about Voluntourism

This playlist contains some outstanding talk shows and presentations  as well TED talks. Some brilliant speakers speak about their voluntourism experiences and give plenty of outstanding food for thoughts. A very thought-provoking speaker talks about his voluntourism experience in the United States and other videos show some pretty good conversation filled with experts, development workers and researches. This playlist will not only give you some great new ideas but also inspire you. Yes, the videos are quite long but every minute is worth watching them! We highly recommend you to watch the first three videos which include former volunteers, a development worker from Cambodia and an extremely interesting discussion.  

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