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20Feb2014

Orphanage Tourism: Tackling the Trend via Tourism Concern

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If you bring up volunteering abroad in a conversation more often than not you’ll get a response like, “Volunteering is great! I’ve always wanted to work in an orphanage.” While traveling in developing countries it’s hard to ignore the countless signs held by impoverished-looking children begging you to visit or donate to their orphanage. Do
14Feb2014

Soria Moria Boutique Hotel Hosting Contest Winner!

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We are excited to announce the fabulous Soria Moria Boutique Hotel will be hosting our “Know Before You Go” contest winner during their 3-day stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia!   Will it be you?   To give you more chances to win we are extending the contest deadline until Friday, February 26. Head on over
11Feb2014

Tips for Responsible Travel: Southeast Asia

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Tips for Responsible Travel: Southeast Asia   We all want to travel responsibly, but sometimes it’s difficult to know how best to do that in a country and culture we’re not familiar with. This bonus video is designed to help viewers travel responsibly in Southeast Asia.   After watching, don’t forget to answer the quiz
10Feb2014

Why We Still Need to Learn about Service via JUMP! Foundation

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Why We Still Need to Learn about Service (and how JUMP! is Continuing to Learn!)   JUMP! have been supporting international schools to develop and deliver their service learning programs for a number years, and yet still for many of us it is an area in which there are more questions than answers. How can
09Feb2014

Learning Service; a constructive approach to volunteering via Volunteer in Cambodia

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February 9, 2014 by Eleanor Paton   Overseas volunteering has had its fair share of bad press.  Tales of orphanage tourism in particular make for depressing reading. Report after report touches on similar practices; children kept in poverty so that volunteers continue to donate, orphanages that ignore volunteers’ concerns about the children’s wellbeing and an
07Feb2014

The Ethics of ‘Doing Good’ via Global Dimension

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Claire Bennett reflects on the ethics of students volunteering abroad – what steps can young people take to ensure they find a responsible placement with positive outcomes?   Claire has worked in global education for the last 10 years. She worked on the Global Youth Action project in collaboration with Think Global and worked with
04Feb2014

10 Years on From DiA and I’m Still Learning… via Development in Action

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Ten years on from volunteering with Development in Action Mandarin Bennet is still passionate about ensuring that international volunteering has a lasting impact and ethical underpinning. Here writes about what she has learnt (and continues to learn) since her time with DiA.    I became the UK coordinator for Development in Action nearly a decade
04Feb2014

New video PLUS new prizes!

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Video 5 – HOW CAN I DO GOOD IN THE WORLD?   Wanting to do good in the world and wondering whether volunteering is the best way? Struck by an urge to make the world a better place but not sure what to do next? This video – the fifth in our series – is
03Feb2014

“I really believe that an open debate about how we can best volunteer is the only productive way of finding out what does and doesn’t work in the voluntary sector.”

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As you can probably tell our Learning Service team is dedicated to providing insightful resources to help you make informed decisions when you travel and volunteer. We recently began releasing a series of videos full of tips for how to make the most of your time abroad and enlisted some like-minded individuals to help us
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