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Learning Service – learn before you go

www.learningservice.info is¬†a great website full of resources!¬†A helpful guide book can be downloaded there (if you register), which we found to be extremely helpful for anyone considering to volunteer overseas. In addition a self check tool for voluntourism companies or institutions that receive volunteers can be downloaded without registering. On top of that you find plenty of helpful self made videos on their website and youtube channel, which help to […]

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Barbie Savior

Barbie Savior – ¬†A beautiful parody with a serious background. The campaign, which includes a¬†website, a wonderful blog¬†as well as a very creative¬†Instagram¬†profile, was launched to¬†raise awareness about what is wrong in the “fantastic” world of volunteering. It is a light way to address the difficult topic of the “white savior complex” in a drastic, sometimes a little painful way. Reviews: “The satirical account encapsulates what some see as the […]


Orphanage voluntourism: #StopOrphanTrips campaign

Orphanage voluntourism harms vulnerable¬†children. This great video explains¬†why and what to do about it.¬†The video¬†is part of the global #StopOrphanTrips campaign. Sixty years of research prove that orphanages are no solution… Sixty years of research has proven that institutionalized¬†care is the worst solution for children. The kids are being exposed to many risks. The result of institutionalized care and voluntourism in orphanages are brain development problems, alarming¬†social behavior and reintegration […]

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Global service Partnerships vs Voluntourism: Research insights

Global service partnerships are a great learning and development cooperation tool. This video explains the reasons and why global service partnerships might be the best option to help abroad. Voluntourism and service trips under fire… Orphanage Volunteering and voluntourism have been under fire for some time for many reasons. ¬†This video contains information on why and how voluntourism and donations support the growth of the so called ‚Äěorphan industry‚Äú . […]


Comhlamh: intercultural learning and profesional advice on voluntourism

Comhlamh is an Irish organization with a great website. They¬†developed an excellent coming home guide and plenty of other useful information such as social media guidebook for volunteers to tackle the problem that volunteers publish too often inappropriate photos or experience reports on the world wide web, which rather stigmatize the people they volunteer for.   Comhl√°mh is a great organization and platform to learn more about about volunteering and […]

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Talk shows and presentations about Voluntourism

This playlist contains some outstanding talk shows and presentations ¬†as well TED talks. Some brilliant speakers speak about their voluntourism experiences and give plenty of outstanding food for thoughts. A very thought-provoking speaker talks about his voluntourism experience in the United States and other videos show some pretty good conversation filled with experts, development workers and researches. This playlist will not only give you some great new ideas but also […]