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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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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 […]


Weltdienst 30+

At responsible-volunteering.com one of our goals is to promote alternatives to conventionally organised volunteer travel experiences. This is why we presented earlier this year the ideas behind the weltwärts reverse program, in which volunteers from the global south travel to Germany to volunteer in local social projects. Another program, which is also financially supported by the German government, just as the  weltwärts reverse programme is the “Weltdienst 30+”, which could […]

Weltdienst 30+

FAIRREISEN statt Verreisen

Rezension: FAIRreisen statt Verreisen von deepertravel

Mit der Veröffentlichung des E-Books  FAIRreisen statt Verreisen ist es Eva Garderer und Robert M. Bichler von www.deepertravel.de gelungen die wichtigsten und zentralsten Punkte rund um individuelle (Langzeit-)reisen zusammenzubringen. Dabei verknüpfen sie eng die Themen des individuellen Reisens und des Volunteerings, bzw. ehrenamtlicher oder freiwilliger Arbeit im Ausland. Nichtsdestotrotz ist das Buch sicherlich auch für Individualreisende ohne Ambitionen eines Freiwilligendienstes hilfreich.   Praktisch für die Praxis Dem Buch FAIRreisen statt […]


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 […]


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Rethinking volunteering – reverse programs to the global north

The German government and civil society organizations are conducting an interesting experiment – and apparently a pretty successful one, too. Within the last four years almost 2000 volunteers from countries of the global south – development countries – came to Germany for their reverse voluntary service. They work in kindergartens, support local NGOs and international development agencies, support schools and work with elderly people. The important thing: Volunteers don’t have to […]