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23Oct2015

Time for some updates!

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You may have noticed, Learning Service website has been undergoing some changes and we are long overdue for an update!   The Library We are so excited to announce our brand new, Learning Service Library. Searching for a responsible volunteer placement can seem daunting; so many options, but which one is right for you (and
11Aug2014

Learning Service Book Update!

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First, we’d like to give another BIG thanks to everyone who has supported (and continues to support) Learning Service and our book-writing project!   This past winter we were able to launch our 6-part video series on responsible travel and volunteering practices. We’ve also completed the writing for our book, and are deep in the
26May2014

“No Selfies with Cute Babies!”

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Everyday Ambassador is launching a new initiative known as The International Service Boot Camp. This initiative is the first of many upcoming webinar series that are co-branded with our resource partners.   To kick off our series, we’re giving you the inside scoop on the value of volunteering, responsible #selfies, and making the most of your summer.
01May2014

‘Know Before You Go’ Contest Winners!

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Not too long ago we wrapped up our ‘Know Before You Go’ video contest. After the contest closed we randomly selected names from those who entered the contest for some awesome prizes donated by our sponsors, which included an assortment of Eagle Creek bags, KEEN shoes, and our grand prize: a three-day stay in Siem
24Apr2014

Is “Voluntourism” Itself Being Exploited? via The Huffington Post

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Voluntourism is under fire. I know, because I have been a part of pointing out theunintended negative consequences of our good intentions for some time. Recently, blogs about “the problem of little white girls and boys” and other rants about voluntourism are starting to get more and more popular. But maybe it’s time to look further
09Apr2014

From Service Learning to Learning Service via SSIR

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We often use “service learning” to describe volunteer programs and international volunteer travel, emphasizing learning through service—service that teaches life lessons that help both the traveler and the world. The profound lessons that international volunteering can bring is one of the main reasons that academic institutions are incorporating it—and sometimes requiring it—in coursework.   But the concept of service
26Mar2014

Is voluntourism the new colonialism? Interviews on ABC Radio National

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Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’, is one of the fastest growing areas of the tourism industry. However new evidence suggests that it may be doing more harm than good in developing countries, as Kerry Stewart reports.   Earlier this week Daniela Papi was interviewed on Encounter – ABC Radio National along with other voices in the volunteer travel
20Mar2014

Recommended Reading: Voluntourism Solutions

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Voluntourism has been a hot topic in the media recently. Not too long ago the viral article “The Problem with Little White Girls (and Boys): Why I Stopped Being a Voluntourist” sparked some much needed conversations on the topic. We’ve noticed, however, most of the articles floating around the internet offer reasons why you shouldn’t
06Mar2014

Learning service as an effective alternative to voluntourism

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“Maybe I’d like it there if I was volunteering in an orphanage and got to play with the kids.”   I slapped my hands over my face, shaking my head. I’ve been living in Cambodia for over three months now and probably haven’t been Skyping my best friend back home as much as I should,
24Feb2014

Learning Service on KEEN Blog!

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A big thank you to KEEN for featuring our contest on their blog and providing some awesome prizes!   Exploring foreign cities, meeting interesting people, tasting local cuisines – the reasons we love travel are endless. Recently volunteering has risen in the ranks of what motivates us to venture abroad. Every year more people jet
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