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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 (, 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.

The problem with reviews and recommendations

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Can young volunteers really contribute to development?

See my latest post on whether young volunteers can really contribute to development on the responsible volunteering website  

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The great voluntourism debate

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New responsible volunteering website and blog

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 … Continue reading

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What is the point of some volunteering projects?

Here’s an interesting first person perspective on a volunteering experience which raises an important question – what is the point of some volunteering projects? This is a great example of a project where volunteers may find that what they do … Continue reading

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The importance of having a selection process for volunteers

The Responsible Tourism Partnership published guidelines for volunteering organisations last year which state that “Each volunteer is interviewed and screened before being accepted as a volunteer.” Fair Trade Volunteering’s five criteria for member organisations state that organisations “need to have … Continue reading

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Naming and shaming

A good post from Sallie Grayson of people and places about the dangers of not speaking out about negative volunteering experiences and naming and shaming. Volunteers should feel confident that they can give constructive criticism about their placements and the … Continue reading

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