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 surrounding this often controversial type of travel.
I have worked for VSO, Earthwatch and Thomson Holidays and specialise in best practice in overseas volunteering programmes and identifying the right placements for volunteers. I developed an interest in responsible tourism whilst working at Thomson Holidays as a Product Manager for long-haul destinations. After 6 years with VSO’s volunteering team, I decided to combine my experience in tour operations and international development and pursue a career in responsible travel. I am currently studying for a Masters in Responsible Tourism Management at the International Centre for Responsible Tourism.