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.

Review Ubelong and general safety advice for volunteers

To understand the impact companies have on the quality of programs, it is important to understand how volunteer companies operate. Here are some information on how Ubelong sets up their programs: Ubelong teams up with local organizations, that carry out the services and work on the ground. This are independent institutions. Ubelong works with exclusive partnerships but also local partners that take on other international companies. In Vietnam they cooperate […]


The domino effect in voluntourism – IVHQ might stop orphanage trips

What an achievement for children rights! The world biggest voluntourism company International Volunteer HQ announced this year that they will stop to send their clients into orphanages. The company itself stated, that each year about 900 IVHQ volunteers work in orphanage placements (that’s 5%) .[1]   Orphanage volunteering causes serious harm to children The trend that tourists want to volunteer with orphans and poor children have lead to a huge […]


IVHQ Review – The Capitalization Of The Volunteer Sector

One of the biggest volunteer travel agents, International Volunteer HQ, was taken over by an investment firm. Furthermore, the Global Travel Academy seems to be a good example, on how the industry takes advantage of volunteers. This article explains the the story behind this take over and what it means for the volunteer travel industry.   Major share of the volunteer travel agent International Volunteer HQ sold to global investment […]


Projects Abroad review

Projects Abroad review of the long and rocky path to the end of orphanage trips

Projects Abroad review – Projects Abroad and World Challenge are the first companies to stop orphanage trips!   Yesterday was a big step forward for the efforts for more ethical and sustainable operations within the voluntourism industry. ABC Australia and the Guardian reported, that the volunteer travel agency Projects Abroad announced to no longer send their clients to volunteer in orphanages by the end of 2017. For the implementation they […]


IVHQ Zimbabwe and Nakavango – an example on how to find an ethical wildlife volunteer project in Africa

We have received recently a very interesting question in our Facebook group critical volunteering reviews and in our Question and Answer section. The question about IVHQ Zimbabwe received very interesting comments and answers. That’s why we decided to write an article about it. How to search for a wildlife project in Africa It is important to know that most international volunteer travel companies outsource responsibilities (read here why) to local organizations, most int. […]


preparation volunteering overseas

Survey for returned long term volunteers! Be part of a book about volunteering overseas

Returned Volunteer Survey for LearningService.info You have volunteered overseas for more than 3 months? Perfect, your experience is needed. Our friends from LearningService.info are about to launch a book and you can be part of it! Just fill out this short survey, it takes only a minute. Claire, Daniela, Joe, and Zahara at LearningService.info are keen to learn from your insights, the book can only be realized with your participation. […]