This publication - Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good - is due out in January and promises to be an important read, drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference. It’s for travellers,volunteers, volunteer sending and receiving organisations and academics. The list of contributors is impressive – people who have a wealth of knowledge about volunteer travel. Register for a copy on publication here
Here is Sallie’s contribution -
While You Act: Make Bullied Communities and Disappointed Volunteers Things of the Past
While many have celebrated the merging of community service with tourism, others are highly critical and correctly so. Three particular issues need close investigation:
(1) Where does the money go?
(2) Do the negative impacts outweigh the positives for local communities?
(3) How much do the local communities know?
In search of clarity about these issues and more, potential volunteers and fundraising motivators need to ask questions. But they need to be the right questions!