project selection


IVHQ Zimbabwe

IVHQ Zimbabwe and Nakavango – an example on how to find an ethical wildlife volunteer project in Africa

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. […]

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FAIRREISEN statt Verreisen

Rezension: FAIRreisen statt Verreisen von deepertravel

Mit der Veröffentlichung des E-Books  FAIRreisen statt Verreisen ist es Eva Garderer und Robert M. Bichler von www.deepertravel.de gelungen die wichtigsten und zentralsten Punkte rund um individuelle (Langzeit-)reisen zusammenzubringen. Dabei verknüpfen sie eng die Themen des individuellen Reisens und des Volunteerings, bzw. ehrenamtlicher oder freiwilliger Arbeit im Ausland. Nichtsdestotrotz ist das Buch sicherlich auch für Individualreisende ohne Ambitionen eines Freiwilligendienstes hilfreich.   Praktisch für die Praxis Dem Buch FAIRreisen statt […]

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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 […]

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irresponsible volunteering

End Humanitarian Douchery: A Great campaign to end irresponsible volunteering

You want to learn on how  –  NOT TO   –  save the world? This website is for all do-gooders who are looking for a responsible volunteer trip but don’t want to end up in an irresponsible program accidentally. The campaign explains how to get started and gives plenty of good advice on how to pick the good programs. On top of that, there is a clear outline on what NOT TO DO when volunteering overseas. Furthermore, the campaign […]

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Local implementation of int. volunteer travel programs – outsourcing to grass-root organizations 3

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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