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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
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
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
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
10Jan2014

We need you: Be a Learning Service Ambassador!

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We need you!   The second video in our “Know Before You Go” series goes live this week and we need your help spreading the word. After we launched the contest last week we received a lot of feedback asking how you can be involved so we created the Learning Service Ambassador program.   We
09Jan2014

Rethinking Volunteer Travel via PEPY

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Thursday, January 2014 by Amy McLoughlin   International volunteering has grown in popularity, and with so many people going abroad to “serve”, we worry that we are often forgetting a really important step: we have to learn before we can help. If we don’t research our options thoroughly, understand the context and culture of the
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