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24Apr2014

Is “Voluntourism” Itself Being Exploited? via The Huffington Post

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Voluntourism is under fire. I know, because I have been a part of pointing out theunintended negative consequences of our good intentions for some time. Recently, blogs about “the problem of little white girls and boys” and other rants about voluntourism are starting to get more and more popular. But maybe it’s time to look further
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

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
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
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
09Aug2013

“Changing the World on Vacation”

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When I first saw “Changing the World on Vacation“, I had to cover my eyes for half of the film. Did I REALLY say that, do that, THINK that? Ugh….   Watching the first year of our work at PEPY is like watching someone act out the exact opposite of what I now believe in
01May2013

Learning Service on the BBC

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Check out Daniela Papi’s BBC article and Radio 4 “Four Thought” piece about international volunteer travel and the need for a “Learning Service” approach:   Viewpoint: Is gap year volunteering a bad thing?   The Problem with Volunteering
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