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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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Local implementation of int. volunteer travel programs – outsourcing to grass-root organizations 2

The standard business model in the voluntourism industry is an outsourcing model where international sending organizations or travel agencies pass the responsibility on to local partners, in many cases small grassroots NGOs. If you ever wondered how these cooperations are designed and which consequences local NGOs have to face – here are the answers – which may suprise you.

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Al Jazeera Series about the Voluntourism industry

A must watch for every past and future volunteer The focus of the series lies on the orphanage tourism and voluntourism industry which is connected to int. volunteer companies and the global north. It will help every futur volunteer to understand the challanges behind the voluntourism industry and volunteering in orphanages. Al Jazeera spend a lot of time and money in researching the subject and developed an outstanding series of documentaries. An absolutely must watch for every futur and past volunteer.   Voluntourism industry insights and a many-sided view on a complex issue These videos describe extremely well the impact of voluntourism on Cambodia, institutional care and the big business behind it. Five […]

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Dozens carefully selected articles on pearltrees

Articles about voluntourism… The founder of Responsible Volunteering – People and Places, Sallie Grayson, posted plenty of helpful articles about voluntourism on her Pearltrees channel. Sallie is not only the Co-Founder of the a UK based volunteer travel company but also a passionate blogger. Pearltrees is an online based tool which allows users to organize, explore and share url`s, photos and documents. Unless you do not want to collect your own articles, you do not have to register.

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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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Documentaries about Voluntourism

Here you find a selection of documentaries about voluntourism or their trailers. A traveler volunteered his way around and kept is memories in a documentary (and book). The other videos, especially the trailers are very basic and give you only a brief idea about the challenges in South America or Nepal. If you skip a playlist, this might be the one and look for the full documentaries. Don`t forget to let us know if you find them!. Oh, and also don`t miss the video “the Voluntourist”, definitely a must watch.

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Educational campaigns about the harm Voluntourism can cause

This playlist contains some videos from ordinary people who volunteered and decided to promote Responsible Volunteering as well as some fun campaigns from institutions that deliver their concerns about voluntourism with a lot of humor and sarcasm. We highly recommend yo to watch this video. A young students delivered an important message by turning the issue arround: lets save the United States. In addition you find some videos that a pretty basic, we still included them into this playlist as we thought that they contain some interesting facts and information.    

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