Category Archives: Thoughts on responsible volunteering

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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Is there enough assessment of the development impact of volunteer tourism?

Much has been written about volunteer tourism (or “voluntourism” as it is widely known) but there are very not many articles or research papers about the development impacts of this form of volunteering.  We have all read the negative stories … Continue reading

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It’s all about the preparation

For any kind of volunteer placement, whether it is 2 weeks or 2 years, preparation and research are essential. This could be something that is easily overlooked by volunteers when they can purchase a placement from a volunteering organisation with … Continue reading

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Great article responding to WTM Responsible Volunteering debate

Here’s a really interesting article by Catherine Mack about the debate that took place at World Travel Market in November 2012 with a great call to action to get the responsible volunteering message to go viral. Raising awareness of the kind … Continue reading

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60 over 60

There’s a new initiative from HelpAge International, 60 over 60, calling for nominations of outstanding older people to showcase inspiring people over 60. It got me thinking about volunteers that I have met and how inspirational some of the over … Continue reading

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