Sebastian Drobner


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.

Arpillera doll

Arpilleras as a reflection method

Women in One World from Fürth/Germany has celebrated its 30th anniversary and organized their seventh International talks with the subject “One World: Resisting Art for Peace and Development”. Roberta Bacic was invited and organized a workshop at the end of the conference. She took also part in talks, discussions and answered interview questions from students of the University of Applied Science Coburg. The Arpillera doll workshop – reflecting on the […]


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

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 […]


Voluntourism: A dubious American-Nepali volunteer travel network

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 […]


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

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. […]


Volunteering in orphanages: How to spot an unethical organization!

Volunteering in Orphanages and Responsible Volunteering on German TV To create more awareness on the difficult topic of voluntourism, the Bayrischer Rundfunk has produced a new documentary by sending an undercoverjournalist to volunteer in Nepal. Our Co-Founder was asked by Bayerischer Rundfunk (a German television channel) to analyze and comment on this volunteer program for their production, before they left to Nepal. We would like to use this opportunity to […]


IVHQ Experience: Overview of Local IVHQ Partner Organizations

IVHQ experience: This article and list will help you to find out more about IVHQs local partner organizations and placements. Scroll down to see the overview. International Volunteer HQ – Biggest volunteer travel company worldwide International Volunteer HQ is the biggest provider of voluntourism opportunities worldwide, claiming to have a 34% share of the market. IVHQ works with local partner organization, travel agencies and nonprofit organizations, that implement and run their […]