I have been wanting to do more to contribute to the overseas volunteering sector and help to promote best practice in the industry for many years now. It has taken some time to really figure out what I can do and where my knowledge, skills and interests best fit. I have also witnessed a growing impetus from within the industry to change and improve, along with a vocal campaign promoting responsible volunteering, led by some passionate advocates.
Last November’s World Travel Market Responsible Volunteering session felt like a tipping point. I left the event buzzing with the desire to do more than write about the issues in my blog. It was at that point the idea of the Responsible Volunteering website was born. I realised that while there is a lot going on within the volunteer tourism industry, there is still very little general advice out there for people wanting to be responsible volunteers.
Just under 5 months later, the website is finally live! Please pay it a visit:
The website offers impartial and honest advice to anyone considering a period of volunteering overseas, particularly in developing countries. I have used my knowledge from 6 years experience of advising volunteers at VSO and writing communication materials aimed at volunteers, along with all the research I have done in the last couple of years.
I’ve been writing my blog about responsible volunteering for 15 months now and it has been a pleasure to blog about the volunteer tourism sector and comment on some of the debates surrounding this often controversial area. I will now be focusing on a new blog which is on my website. If you like this blog, please do follow my new blog.