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Yes, But: The Power of Transforming My Own Defensiveness

Yes, But: The Power of Transforming My Own Defensiveness

This is a guest post by Lindsay Clark, about her experience of volunteering in Fiji and what she learned in the aftermath.   Yes, but I’m not a bible-thumper out to save the children… Yes, but I was invited back to Fiji and welcomed by the elders… Yes, but we asked...

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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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