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Is There an Ethical Alternative to Volunteer Tourism?

Is There an Ethical Alternative to Volunteer Tourism?

This is a guest post by Craig Vandermeer from Insight Global Education about his journey through volunteer tourism towards an ethical alternative. At the start of the millennium, volunteer tourism was arguably an insignificant part of the global hospitality industry...

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How I Hire Volunteers

This is the final part in our blog series from Naomi Shafer. In this post she talks about how she uses the lessons she has learned from her previous experience of volunteering (shared in parts one and two on this blog) to run the Clowns Without Borders international...

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Planting Trees In Siberia

This is the first in a series of guest posts by Naomi Shafer from Clowns Without Borders. When I was 18, I did a volunteer program to plant trees...in Siberia. For context, Siberia has 20 percent of the earth’s forests, and 60 percent of the boreal forest in the...

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Building Service Into Curriculum

This is a guest post by student Sydney who went to an unusual high school that emphasized service learning. For my middle and high school years, I attended a school founded on the principles of global engagement, purposeful living, and ethical responsibility. Service...

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PlayPumps: When Good Intentions Go Bad

This is a guest article by Learning Service Intern Kayley Gould, on how even large well-funded development projects can fail if they don't prioritize learning. This past spring, I took an Environmental Anthropology course focused on environmental justice and water...

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This is Not the Time for Facebook Activism

This is a guest post by Sushil Babu Chhetri. I am writing to you from the western part of Nepal, one the most remote and most disadvantaged regions of the country, and also my birthplace. Since I saw the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding across the world,...

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