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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 […]


How To Be A Responsible Turtle Volunteer

Working with sea turtle is one of the most popular ways to volunteer, and for good reason. First and most importantly, they need the help. There are thousands of beaches and ocean habitats around the world where these animals nest, migrate through, or live and researchers and conservationists need a lot of support to cover this ground (or water). Second, you don’t have to be a biologist or turtle expert […]


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 […]