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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
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
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
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
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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