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. […]

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


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 […]

Volunteering in orphanages: How to spot an unethical organization!


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 […]

IVHQ Experience: Overview of Local IVHQ Partner Organizations



ITB
On March 9th 2018, child protection experts and representatives from the tourism industry came together for a penal discussion organized by ECPAT Germany and Tourism Watch during the International Tourism Fair (ITB) in Berlin. Voluntourism is a growing market; in particular, projects with children are highly popular amongst volunteers. However, there are very few procedures and tools in order to keep children in those projects safe. A growing number of […]

Voluntourism – How to better protect children in destination countries


Turtle
Volunteering Fiji: In Fiji, it has become very popular for tourists to volunteer for some weeks in kindergarten, schools or in conservation projects to save sea turtles. Mainly westerners between 18 and 25 years are looking for an adventure and to “help” others – alongside traveling. But what is the problem with that?   Green Lion IVHQ turtle conservation project shut down by police Often the volunteer travel projects are […]

Green Lion & IVHQ Turtle Tourism Project in Fiji Shut Down by Police


learning
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 […]

The real learnings of returned long term volunteers