Academic Reseach

The real learnings of returned long term volunteers

The big hopes of many volunteer programs are not only the direct outcomes created by participants but what the volunteers do with the learnings they gained through volunteering overseas afterwards. Volunteers leave their host countries with new knowledge, understanding and new perspectives that will stay with them long after they have returned. In our earlier article we have already outlined how difficult it is for volunteers to create real change through their […]


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

Returned Volunteer Survey for You have volunteered overseas for more than 3 months? Perfect, your experience is needed. Our friends from 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 are keen to learn from your insights, the book can only be realized with your participation. […]

Paved with Good Intentions? The Orphanage Tourism Business and New Zealand’s Role

The United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As we set sail into 2017, it is imperative to be reminded of the human rights implications of tourism. Facebook recently notified me that three years ago, I was volunteering in Cambodia. A photo of a group of us after a rice distribution served to remind me of my naiivity and the pressing need to educate […]