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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
09Apr2014

From Service Learning to Learning Service via SSIR

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We often use “service learning” to describe volunteer programs and international volunteer travel, emphasizing learning through service—service that teaches life lessons that help both the traveler and the world. The profound lessons that international volunteering can bring is one of the main reasons that academic institutions are incorporating it—and sometimes requiring it—in coursework.   But the concept of service
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
20Mar2014

Recommended Reading: Voluntourism Solutions

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Voluntourism has been a hot topic in the media recently. Not too long ago the viral article “The Problem with Little White Girls (and Boys): Why I Stopped Being a Voluntourist” sparked some much needed conversations on the topic. We’ve noticed, however, most of the articles floating around the internet offer reasons why you shouldn’t
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
20Feb2014

Orphanage Tourism: Tackling the Trend via Tourism Concern

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If you bring up volunteering abroad in a conversation more often than not you’ll get a response like, “Volunteering is great! I’ve always wanted to work in an orphanage.” While traveling in developing countries it’s hard to ignore the countless signs held by impoverished-looking children begging you to visit or donate to their orphanage. Do
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
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
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