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Experiential Education: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Experiential Education: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

This is a guest post by Learning Service intern Julia Green, on her experiences of experiential education. Sitting on our homestay’s rooftop, gazing up at the towering snow-covered peaks, as the sun set over the Himalayas. It seems as though nothing could make this...

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Volunteering, a No-Assumptions Approach

This is a guest post written by Mandeep Kaur, about what it means to approach a problem with no assumptions. We are all guilty of assuming that a certain community needs a certain kind of help. We look at homeless people and assume that we need to build them homes,...

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Slow Travel: The Future of Sustainable Tourism?

This is a guest post by current gap year traveler Ella Clute. It forms part of our blog series “A New Age of Travel: How to Navigate Travel in a Changing World” which supports our #TravelReset movement. Slow travel is a more thoughtful and ethically-aware way to...

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Mental Health and Traveling During a Pandemic

This is a guest post by current gap year traveler Ella Clute. It forms part of our blog series “A New Age of Travel: How to Navigate Travel in a Changing World” which supports our #TravelReset movement. These times of chaos and uncertainty have made us more aware than...

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Ethical Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

This is a guest post by current gap year traveler Ella Clute. It forms part of our blog series "A New Age of Travel: How to Navigate Travel in a Changing World" which supports our #TravelReset movement. The ethics of travel are a long debated topic, even more so in...

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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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