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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
Most volunteers who take their time to go abroad and work in a local volunteering project are probably driven by curiosity, adventure or maybe just a little boredom. But there is one central motivation almost everyone claims to have: The idea to make a real difference. Or to quote Gandhi: to be the change that you wish to see in the world. Most former volunteers will notice: That is not an easy thing to do. When leaving the project, usually the very same beneficiaries will attend the project as on the first day of arrival. This challenge is not only limited to development project working with volunteers, it is an […]