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Why Communities of Color Don’t Need Saving

Why Communities of Color Don’t Need Saving

I walked into my first class and saw a room full of girls whose appearances closely resembled mine; dark hair, brown skin, and deep, energetic eyes. I sat down at a table with some of them and didn’t say a word. I noticed their eyes wandering around the room,...

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The Commodification of Volunteer Tourism

This is a guest post from Dr Hayley Stainton, that has been republished with permission from her blog Life As A Butterfly.   Volunteering and travelling opportunities were once an only option for skilled medical professionals who would work their trade and support...

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Then and Now: How my Perspective on Volunteering Changed

This is a guest post by Georgia Rodgers, who changed her own perspectives so much after volunteering that she wondered if other volunteers had been similarly impacted. The post is being simultaneously shared on her own blog, Use Your Privilege for Good.   “Action...

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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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The Power of Words and Images

Today's guest post comes from Kenzie Yoshimura, reflecting on how travel companies need to pay attention to the way they market volunteer or work opportunities abroad.   It can be challenging and often confusing to sift through the many options, organizations, and...

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