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Voluntourism: The Pitfalls of a Broken System

Voluntourism: The Pitfalls of a Broken System

In our book, Learning Service: The Essential Guide to Volunteer Travel, we discuss the many pitfalls of volunteer travel that lead to tokenistic impact or downright harm. We are frequently asked how these pitfalls persist, being repeated by countless volunteers...

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5 Tips for Communication Across Culture and Difference

This post is written by our good friend and intercultural competency expert, Emily Braucher of Refresh Communication, with some ideas on how travelers and volunteers can ensure they engage in mindful communication across cultures and settings.   1. Don’t trust your...

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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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