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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,
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
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
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
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
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
06Jan2014

Test your responsible volunteer knowledge and win prizes along the way!

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We think volunteering is great, but we’re also convinced it could be done a lot better!   In summer 2013 we launched this website full of information, insights, and resources that better educate would-be volunteers about the impacts of their volunteering decisions – both good and bad – which will better equip them to put
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