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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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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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Positive stories of volunteering

If I ever need to feel positive about the impact volunteers can have, I go to the VSO website and read the “life-changing stories” section. I worked for VSO for nearly 6 years and during that time I was responsible … Continue reading

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The ethics of organisations offering discounted volunteering trips

I received an email this week from i-to-i Volunteering and Inspired Breaks, promoting a discount on i-to-i projects. I have somehow got onto their mailing list (and I’m not entirely sure how or if this is something I can asked … 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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The long and the short of it

    Do you need to have a long period of time available in order to volunteer overseas? That is one of the big questions around volunteer tourism. There are opportunities out there to volunteer from just one day to … Continue reading

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