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 […]
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 […]
A unique documentary outlining the challanges of a normal volunteer “The Voluntourist” is a 30 min documentary questioning the impact of international volunteering on local communities. The film does not aim to list all the possible negative impacts of poorly arranged international volunteering programs, but instead raises certain overarching questions through a series of interviews. From a past voluntourist for futur volunteers This movie is for everyone who is planning to volunteer overseas, an absolutely must watch that makes you think twice. It was developed by a former voluntourist for future volunteers. Once you decide to volunteer overseas we highly recommend you to watch this great piece of work. Check out the trailer below, their homepage […]
This playlist includes videos that cover almost all questions you may have about organizing your trip finding the right placement and company how to volunteer what to do after the volunteering experience The playlist contains mainly videos from http://learningservice.info , a campaign which hopes to contribute towards sustainable and transparent voluntourism.
Quiet a nice website/blog including a facebook page talking about volunteering experiences and informing about the do’s and don’ts of volunteering The Sceptical Voluntourist – Voluntourism without the rose-tinted glasses and Instagram filters. Source: scepticalvoluntourist.com/
Learning Service: Learning Service is a great campaign which was established for people who want to learn before we they help. The organization is helping to reform the way people think about voluntourism. They advocate through very active social media channels. We use their facebook and twitter page to stay updated about intercultural learning campaigns and voluntourism. They also developed a very informative series about how to volunteer and voluntourism in general which they uploaded on their youtube channel. On top of that their website offers plenty of helpful materials for anyone who is keen to learn about voluntourism.
This huge facebook community focuses on volunteering in African based animal projects. It also lists dozens of recomandable projects, as well as a good overview of dangerous institutions.