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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 young people about the dangers of orphanage tourism.   What is orphanage tourism? Voluntourism is the professionalised phenomenon of volunteering whilst traveling abroad in developing countries. One of the more popular forms is orphanage tourism, which includes day trips to […]

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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 is great fun! It’s really creative which makes it interesting for everyone who is interested in responsible volunteering! Puting an end to irresponsible volunteering Their website aims to raise awareness and educate about how to volunteer responsibly. They want to ensure that volunteers […]

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Local implementation of int. volunteer travel programs – outsourcing to grass-root organizations 2

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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Responsible Volunteering and preperation: Check out Learning Services

Responsible Volunteering is connected to a good preperation and learning. Learning Service is a great campaign which was established for people who want to learn before 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 Responsible Volunteering. They also developed a very informative series about how to volunteer which they uploaded on their youtube channel. On top of that their website offers plenty of helpful materials (and ebooks) for anyone who is keen to learn about voluntourism.

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Advice from a former VSO placement advisor 2

Responsible volunteering: The website www.responsiblevolunteering.co.uk was initiated by Natasha Stein, who worked for six years as a volunteer placement advisor for VSO. She has developed a comprehensive and well organized website full of personal advice, based on her own experience and research. She covers everything: finding a placement, preparation, how to volunteer and returning home.

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Comhlámh: intercultural learning and profesional advice on voluntourism

Comhlámh: Comhlámh is an Irish organization with a great website. They developed an excellent coming home guide and plenty of other useful information such as social media guidebook for volunteers to tackle the problem that volunteers publish too often inappropriate photos or experience reports on the world wide web, which rather stigmatize the people they volunteer for. Comhlámh is a great organization and platform to learn more about about volunteering and development issues. Also for volunteer sending agencies, for whom this code for good practise was developed.

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Responsible volunteering advice from former placement advisor

Great responsible volunteering advice for everyone who is planning to volunteer The website www.responsiblevolunteering.co.uk was initiated by Natasha Stein. She worked six years as a volunteer placement advisor for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Thereupon she developed a comprehensive and well organized website which is full of Responsible Volunteering advice. Particularly interesting is, that all her advice is based on her own experience and research. Equally usefull is, that Natasha Stein covers everything on her website: finding a placement, preparation, how to volunteer and returning home.

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