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Voluntourism: Intention Does Not Determine Impact

Voluntourism: Intention Does Not Determine Impact

Today's guest post is from Sarah Swank, who recalls her first experience of voluntourism and why she now advocates for a very different style of travel. Volunteering has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. For about 10 years, I served as an acolyte,...

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7 Things Medical Volunteers Need to Know

This is a guest post by experienced nurse and serial volunteer Emily Scott, with some important advice about volunteering overseas in the medical field. When I started volunteering abroad as a nurse, I used to tell every medical professional I met that they should...

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“No, Sorry” – What We Say to Foreign Volunteers

This is a guest post from Sally Hetherington, about the journey her organisation took with international volunteering and how she made herself redundant.   I was 23. It was my first time in Cambodia. I thought, “why not visit an orphanage?” I was disappointed. The...

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My Journey with Learning Service

This guest post is written by Amanda Wind, who is currently in Thailand as a volunteer English teacher. I’m 19 years old and embarking on my first international trip to Peru. Offered as an annual study abroad with the Honors Program at my university, I jumped at the...

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Experience: Looking Back, We Were Naïve

This is a guest post written by Dur Montoya and Luis Barreto (pictured here in Morocco) about encountering corruption while attempting to arrange a volunteer placement. We were in Morocco as part of a trip around the world, and we thought it would be cool to do some...

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What Gap Year Companies Still Need to Learn

This is a guest post written by Ruth Taylor. The image shows Ruth at a recent gap year conference (left). I’ve been working to transform the international volunteering industry for close to ten years now. In that time, there has been a steady rise in public criticism...

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