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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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 […]
The standard business model in the voluntourism industry is an outsourcing model where international sending organizations or travel agencies pass the responsibility on to local partners, in many cases small grassroots NGOs. If you ever wondered how these cooperations are designed and which consequences local NGOs have to face – here are the answers – which may suprise you.
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 […]