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31Jan2014

Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteering to Gain Experience

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We get a lot of questions about how to find the right volunteer position if you don’t have any previous experience or if it’s ok to use volunteering abroad as a means to gain work experience. Today’s FAQ post hopes to answer some of these questions and help you find the right volunteer placement to
30Jan2014

We’re giving away KEEN Shoes!

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Each week we’re giving away a pair of KEEN Shoes! At the end of the contest we’re giving out 8 Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes. Also, those who’ve correctly answered all 6 questions will be entered in a drawing for a 3-day stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia! Congratulations to our winners so far:      Visit learningservice.info/videocontest to
29Jan2014

Tips & Tools for Volunteer Travel via Volunteer South America

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If you are reading this blog, the chances are that you are interested in volunteering in another country. Overseas volunteering is something with a broad appeal, from students taking a gap year, to professionals looking for a career change, to retirees looking to offer their skills. In fact it is an activity that many people
28Jan2014

The fourth “Know Before You Go” video is live: Orphanage Tourism

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Video 4 – Orphanage Tourism   Orphanages are increasingly becoming tourist destinations as more and more people choose to visit or volunteer in children’s homes during their travels abroad. This video – the fourth in our series – offers some ‘must know’ facts about orphanage tourism, and encourages you to think twice before contributing to
27Jan2014

“I learned more from the people of Peru than they could ever learn from me.”

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“A little girl grabbed my had, sat on my lap and started reading the story of “Tinkerbell” to me. Even though I spoke absolutely no Spanish she sat on my lap reading the entire story, complete with different voices for each character.” Meaghan, one of our Learning Service Ambassadors told us about her experience volunteering
24Jan2014

Frequently Asked Questions: What is Learning Service?

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Since we began promoting responsible volunteer practices and the importance of learning before serving we’ve received a lot of questions on the topics. In this FAQ post we hope to give you a better idea of what the Learning Service movement is all about.   1. What is meant by ‘learning service’ and how is
19Jan2014

Learning Service featured on H.O.P.E. Was Here Blog

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Written by Mark Denega   Our friends over at Learning Service think international volunteering is great, but they’re also convinced it could be done a lot better. In summer 2013 they launched a website full of information, insights, and resources that help educate would-be volunteers about the impacts of their volunteering decisions – both good and bad
15Jan2014

Meet Damien! And learn why he believes in volunteering responsibly

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We are proud to introduce our first Learning Service Ambassador! Damien has always been interested in volunteering abroad and like us, felt there was something missing: a focus on learning about a community before serving them.   “I went to India when I was 16 with my Indian friend and his family and I realized
14Jan2014

Volunteer Responsibly via Comhlamh

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Volunteering abroad has become a craze, particularly for college students, over the last ten years. With a globalizing world, young people in Ireland are feeling more and more of a responsibility to serve in the majority world.   College students from all over the country have packed their bags and jetted off to faraway countries
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