The big hopes of many volunteer programs are not only the direct outcomes created by participants but what the volunteers do with the learnings they gained through volunteering overseas afterwards. Volunteers leave their host countries with new knowledge, understanding and new perspectives that will stay with them long after they have returned. In our earlier article we have already outlined how difficult it is for volunteers to create real change through their […]
When browsing through the websites of different volunteer travel companies and organizations you can notice a small, but very important difference. Whereas many offers can be booked immediately online, others request the potential volunteer to apply first. So, where are the differences and why are they so important? Why should there be a selection process at all? Being serious about volunteering For the client – or the applicant – […]
One of the biggest debates in the volunteering and voluntourism world is the question if volunteers can create change at all. On one side, most developmental organisation deny this idea completely. They feel their well established project designs and models of professional support challenged by well-meaning amateurs. On the other side volunteering organisations and volunteers are convinced to contribute to global development and understand this debate as an attack on […]
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 […]
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.