Orphanage volunteering: Advice from Better Volunteering Better Care


Orphanage volunteering is a very comman way to spend a voluntourism trip abroad. You have thought to volunteer in an orphanage as well? Well, then this website is for you.

Better Volunteering Better Care is an outstanding and extremely informative initiative full of academical work with the goal to educate and advocate on voluntourism and it`s (mainly negative) impact on orphanages. A Global working group has been established to connect and support those working on this issue. The working group is full of very well known organizations that took a stand against orphanage volunteering.

Responsible Volunteering in orphanages means for us, to work only in institutional care if you have the qualifications, time and knowledge about the institution to have a positivr and long lasting impact on the target group.

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About Sebastian Drobner

Sebastian has eight years of experience in international development cooperation, lived in five countries and on three continents. He started to get into the world of development in 2008 when he volunteered for one year in Cambodia for a local Voluntourism project. He then received a contract as an advisor through Bread for the World in Germany and supported the development of the program Volunteer Action for Cambodia by Star Kampuchea until 2012. At the same time he was responsible for the development of the government founded volunteer program Weltwärts of Bread for the World in Cambodia and it`s mentoring. From 2012 to 2013 he changed into the head office of Bread for the world where he was responsible for the administration of their volunteer program as a program assistant. Now he is studying International Social Work and Development and works part time in development projects. Part of this course was an internship in the Solomon Islands where he worked in a tourism course and developed a volunteer program for Don Bosco Technical Institute Solomon Islands. The knowledge he gained when he finished a three-year training in Hotel and tourism helped during this experience.

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