Monthly Archives: January 2012

Do volunteers need skills to be effective?

This is a question I’ve been pondering for some time now.  Having worked for VSO, whose model is based around recruiting skilled and experienced volunteers and placing them with partner organisations based on their needs, I have seen first hand … Continue reading

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Avoiding ‘rogue’ gap-year volunteering projects

My recent article (Is 2012 the year of the volunteer tourist) in Travelmole’s Vision on Sustainable Tourism newsletter has had a good response. It’s even been quoted on the Year Out Group website in their news article “avoiding ‘rogue’ gap-year … Continue reading

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The dark side of voluntourism – insight from Malawi

I came across this article today.  This gives an interesting perspective on volunteering in a country like Malawi and the volunteer culture (the poolside who’s doing the most exteme placement discussions made me smile!). http://www.utne.com/Politics/The-Dark-Side-of-Volunteer-Tourism-Voluntourism.aspx

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Why pay to volunteer

This is a good blog post from people and places, an excellent volunteering organisation, addressing the question of why pay to volunteer, the costs of managing a responsible volunteer programme and the importance of transparency from volunteer sending organisations and … Continue reading

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Is 2012 the year of the volunteer tourist

Opportunities to volunteer overseas have never been so plentiful. Once the realm of the gap year market or the international development sector, there are now many organisations offering short volunteering projects that can be incorporated into a two week holiday. … Continue reading

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Volunteering and tourism

This blog has been created to write about volunteering and tourism. I will be sharing information, news and articles about overseas volunteering and what is increasingly referred to as voluntourism.  I will also address some of the issues and debates … Continue reading

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