Silvia Romano (25), who was kidnapped while being on a voluntourism holiday in Kenya, was freed on Saturday 9th May 2020, in Somalia. Although this is considered excellent news, we would like to use this opportunity to draw attention to the (Western) media coverage of the incident, which has been a typical example of perpetuating the stereotype of the Western saviour, of the “Africans” that need to be saved and […]

Rescued voluntourist Silvia Romano: The voluntourism trap behind the kidnapping


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The business and structures around existing volunteer programs are usually not what people expect when they start to look for volunteering opportunities abroad. Many people join big providers already feeling uncomfortable – knowing that this is not really exactly what they were looking for. By publishing this report on self-organized, individual volunteering we want to show that it is possible – and easier than you might think. Why did I […]

Individual Volunteering at a Coffee Farm


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Projects Abroad was one of the first market leaders to cut ties to most residential care placements. They followed smaller agencies such as Intrepid Travel and World Challenge, creating a trend that not even the market leader IVHQ was able to ignore. International Volunteer HQ, too, announced to stop placing volunteers in residential care institutions by March 2019. Until now, this effort has not yet been fully implemented. But how […]

Projects Abroad long way to stop orphanage Tourism & the media’s role



Working with sea turtle is one of the most popular ways to volunteer, and for good reason. First and most importantly, they need the help. There are thousands of beaches and ocean habitats around the world where these animals nest, migrate through, or live and researchers and conservationists need a lot of support to cover this ground (or water). Second, you don’t have to be a biologist or turtle expert […]

How To Be A Responsible Turtle Volunteer


Voluntourism: The messy volunteer travel industry   The documentary “Kritisch Reisen: Gutes tun im Urlaub – und wer daran verdient” has been produced by a German television channel to raise more awareness on the difficult topic of voluntourism. The 45 min long documentary was screened on the 22.08.2018 at 22.10 on WDR and is available on YouTube and WDR online. We, Responsible Volunteering, supported the production with regular advice, interviews and […]

Voluntourism: A dubious American-Nepali volunteer travel network


When volunteering overseas, fake reviews are a big problem. Many volunteer travel companies try to influence online reviews wherever possible. This concerning trend, that harms ethical operators, has made it difficult to identify sustainable programs based on reviews and travel websites. We published in the past an article about possible connections of International Volunteer HQ to the review and advertising platform www.abroadreview.com. This time we had a look at www.TravellersQuest.com. […]

Fake Reviews and Voluntourism: TravellersQuest.com was set up to misslead volunteers