Global service Partnerships vs Voluntourism: Research insights


Global service partnerships are a great learning and development cooperation tool. This video explains the reasons and why global service partnerships might be the best option to help abroad.

Voluntourism and service trips under fire…

Orphanage Volunteering and voluntourism have been under fire for some time for many reasons.  This video contains information on why and how voluntourism and donations support the growth of the so called „orphan industry“ .

The demand for short term placements in orphanages and health care facilities is growing. Whereas it is great that there is increasing interest in voluntourism, it is not great that the projects volunteers are placed in have a negative impact on the communities. The result of the growth is unintentional caused harm by pre-professional health care volunteers and orphanage volunteering. That’s why it is important to think twice about the impact if you are considering to volunteer overseas in an orphanage or as a pre-professional health care volunteer.

Global service partnerships, a great option…

Thus it might be better to volunteer in another project or to support global service partnerships between communities in the global south and global north. Studies found that these partnerships strengthen human rights, transparency and capacities! Check out this video to learn why service partnerships are a great option to common volunteer trips.

The transcript and relevant research is available here. Please visit also the makers website www.globalsl.org if you are interested in ethical global service, volunteering, and learning.

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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.