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


fake reviews: big business
When browsing through the websites of different volunteer travel companies and organizations you can notice a small, but very important difference. Whereas many offers can be booked immediately online, others request the potential volunteer to apply first. So, where are the differences and why are they so important? Why should there be a selection process at all?   Being serious about volunteering For the client – or the applicant – […]

Good selection for better volunteers



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 […]

The domino effect in voluntourism – IVHQ might stop orphanage trips


founded its package of measures mainly on these four pillars
Australia’s breakthrough in the fight against orphanage (volun)tourism   Great news from Australia! Australia’s Parliament formally recognizes orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery and will introduce a new legislation before the end of 2018. The modern anti-slavery legislation will be introduced into the Australian Parliament in 2018. Australian Parliament accepted the Committee’s recommendations in the inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. Click here for the […]

Australia’s Parliament formally recognizes orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery


orphanage tourism
During the last few weeks we heard spectacular news about some of the largest travel and volunteer sending companies (i.a. Projects Abroad[1], World Challenge[2] WorkingAbroad[3]) to stop sending volunteers into residential care institutions (orphanages). This is a great deal regarding children rights within the tourism and volunteer travel sector. But there is no such decision without a good reason especially if it is about leaving a huge market potential aside. […]

Explained: Australia’s parliamentary inquiry to combat orphanage tourism