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 volunteering projects” –

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/news-events/gap-year-news/q/date/2012/01/19/Avoiding-rogue-gap-year-volunteering-projects-801269218/

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About natashastein

I'm interested in travel, learning about other countries and cultures, responsible tourism, environmental issues and wildlife. I like being outdoors and beautiful scenery can really move me and reinvigorate me. I enjoy walking and am planning to get a rescue dog to keep me company on my strolls. I also love to write stuff. I've set up my own website (www.responsiblevolunteering.co.uk), written blogs on topics I'm interested in and written various articles about volunteering overseas. I've always enjoyed writing in my previous jobs. I'm a bit of a creative all rounder - I can draw and make things. It's something I'd like to do more of! I love art and photography and go to exhibitions when I can. I am currently teaching English as a second language in Worcestershire, where I live. I have an eclectic career story. My professional background is in travel and tourism and the charity sector. I have worked for a major holiday company, specialist tour operator and coordinated a University alumni travel programme. Most recently I've worked for a Destination Management Organisation and local government tourism department focusing on promoting the Cotswolds primarily via social media. I also worked for VSO, the international development volunteering charity for 6 years as a Volunteer and Placement Adviser and have done bits and bobs of volunteering with different charities.
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