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 – […]
We have received recently a very interesting question in our Facebook group critical volunteering reviews and in our Question and Answer section. The question about IVHQ Zimbabwe received very interesting comments and answers. That’s why we decided to write an article about it. How to search for a wildlife project in Africa It is important to know that most international volunteer travel companies outsource responsibilities (read here why) to local organizations, most int. […]
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.
Responsible Volunteering is connected to a good preparation and reflection. Learning Service is a great campaign which was established for people who want to learn before they help. The organization is helping to reform the way people think about voluntourism. They advocate through very active social media channels. We use their facebook and twitter page to stay updated about intercultural learning campaigns and Responsible Volunteering. They also developed a very informative […]