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Turtle Project Shut Down in Fiji

In Fiji, it has become very popular for Tourists to volunteer for a week or more in a 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 Fiji turtle conservation project shut down  Often the volunteer travel projects are designed […]

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The domino effect in voluntourism – IVHQ might stop orphanage trips

What an achievement for children rights! The world biggest voluntourism company International Volunteer HQ announced this year that they will stop to send their clients into orphanages. The company itself stated, that each year about 900 IVHQ volunteers work in orphanage placements (that’s 5%) .[1]   Orphanage volunteering causes serious harm to children  The trend that tourists want to volunteer with orphans and poor children have lead to a huge […]

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Explained: Australia’s parliamentary inquiry to combat orphanage tourism 3

During the last few weeks we heard spectacular news about some of the largest travel and volunteer sending companies (i.a. Projects Abroad[1], World Challenge[2] WorkingAbroad[3]) to stop sending volunteers into residential care institutions (orphanages). This is a great deal regarding children rights within the tourism and volunteer travel sector. But there is no such decision without a good reason especially if it is about leaving a huge market potential aside. […]

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IVHQ Review – The Capitalization Of The Volunteer Sector 7

One of the biggest volunteer travel agents, International Volunteer HQ, was taken over by an investment firm. Furthermore, the Global Travel Academy seems to be a good example, on how the industry takes advantage of volunteers. This article explains the the story behind this take over and what it means for the volunteer travel industry.   Major share of the volunteer travel agent International Volunteer HQ sold to global investment […]

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Projects Abroad review of the long and rocky path to the end of orphanage trips 1

Projects Abroad review – Projects Abroad and World Challenge are the first companies to stop orphanage trips!   Yesterday was a big step forward for the efforts for more ethical and sustainable operations within the voluntourism industry. ABC Australia and the Guardian reported, that the volunteer travel agency Projects Abroad announced to no longer send their clients to volunteer in orphanages by the end of 2017. For the implementation they […]

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