Category Archives: Volunteer Tourism in the news

Host destinations need to benefit from volunteer tourism

This is an interesting article from Green Futures magazine, published by Forum for the Future, who work in partnership with TUI Travel, owners of i-to-i and Real Gap on sustainability issues. The article includes comments from a Product Manager from … Continue reading

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The responsible volunteering debate rages

It has been a busy week for debating about “voluntourism”. I have about 8 tabs open with different articles, blogs and comments about responsible volunteering. It all seems to stem from this article in the Independent newspaper’s Voices section, titles … 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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Unmissable presentation on Responsible Volunteering from World Travel Market

This presentation is well worth watching in full as it presents some of the key perspectives and issues about volunteer tourism. In particular, Sallie Grayson of the volunteering organisation people and places and Paul Miedema of Calabash Tours in South … Continue reading

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Confessions of a voluntourist – great article!

Here is an interesting article in the magazine New Internationalist (they also have an excellent website with many freely available articles on povery and global justice and are based in my very own Oxford!). Michelle Dobrovolny writes about her own … Continue reading

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Some good articles on the value of volunteering on gap years

I’m not really a Telegraph reader but came across this article about gap years and the value of doing something worthwhile, as opposed to purely travelling, when applying to university or for a job. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hubs/gapyear/9464982/Gap-year-travel-does-time-out-really-enrich.html This also led me to … Continue reading

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Interesting documentary on volunteering in orphanages

Here is another interesting documentary on volunteering in orphanages, which raises some of the key points why inexperienced volunteers should avoid this kind of volunteer tourism.  

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