On March 9th 2018, child protection experts and representatives from the tourism industry came together for a penal discussion organized by ECPAT Germany and Tourism Watch during the International Tourism Fair (ITB) in Berlin. Voluntourism is a growing market; in particular, projects with children are highly popular amongst volunteers. However, there are very few procedures and tools in order to keep children in those projects safe. A growing number of […]
Volunteering Fiji: In Fiji, it has become very popular for tourists to volunteer for some weeks in kindergarten, schools or in conservation projects to save sea turtles. Mainly westerners between 18 and 25 years are looking for an adventure and to “help” others – alongside traveling. But what is the problem with that? Green Lion IVHQ turtle conservation project shut down by police Often the volunteer travel projects are […]
We have received recently a very interesting question in our Facebook group critical volunteering reviews and in our Question and Answer section. The question about IVHQ Zimbabwe received very interesting comments and answers. That’s why we decided to write an article about it. How to search for a wildlife project in Africa It is important to know that most international volunteer travel companies outsource responsibilities (read here why) to local organizations, most int. […]
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.
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 […]