Now here’s an opportunity to write a review of your volunteer placement – this just in from Go Overseas:
Archive for the 'media' Category
Here are our 5 favourites:
outbounding not just important discussions on volunteer travel -great travel articles and advise too.
pearltrees this is where Sallie stores all the links she finds about volunteer travel
better volunteering a page created by us but lots of great contributions from others
@VickySmith a masters in responsible travel – specialising in volunteer travel but lots of insight into travel generally
passenger shaming its funny and cringe rendering at the same time – we all travel … are we guilty?
It wasn’t a lie … honest! We’d been misinformed …
So I apologise to everyone who tuned in to Fake Britain last night …
but I’ve found the original programme about the minefield of ‘orphanage volunteering’ – here’s a link:
Orphanage volunteering … an ever-popular “hit” with many would-be volunteers wanting to ‘work with children’ …
This programme was first aired in May of this year – and for anyone who missed it the first time around – PLEASE try and watch tonight’s repeat at 7.30 p.m. UK time.
We’ve blogged about the issues of child protection, orphanage volunteering, fake orphanages many times … but it is SO IMPORTANT that we’re also repeating ourselves!
To read more about these closely-linked issues, click here
“Volunteering placements abroad are a popular choice for gap years, but projects need to be chosen wisely or there is a danger participants may end up doing more harm than good.
Kristina is a friendly 19-year-old from the UK, who recently went on a volunteer placement in Cambodia.
“We were told it would involve a mixture of teaching and building water pumps for rural families,” she says. “However, during the placement, only two out of the 14 of us taught English. The rest of us literally dug a road. We moved piles of dirt for six weeks – and right at the end, a digger turned up and finished it in about half an hour, which was fairly infuriating.” The voluntary placement cost £3,500.
“Voluntourism” is big business these days, with well-meaning travellers like Kristina paying thousands of pounds to spend a short time working towards a cause in another country. But how can you be sure your money (and you) will be doing any good? And, more importantly, you won’t be doing any harm?
“well-meaning holiday-makers [and volunteers] are being conned and are fuelling a dark industry of fake orphanages and orphans”
watch the report, from about 35 minutes into the programme click here to watch
people and places‘ Kate Stefanko speaks out during the Fake Britain expose about volunteers naively contributing to the abuse of children.watch it here
“a need for more orphans … so where are they coming from?”
“visiting orphanages and making a donation has become part of the well-trodden tourist trail … ”
“well-meaning holiday-makers are being conned and are fuelling a dark industry of fake orphanages and orphans”
WOW – just goes to show what well-prepared and well-matched volunteers can achieve in just a few weeks !
Towards the end of his time in Saint Lucia, volunteer Kevin – who has experience in business and consultancy- talks about the results of his work with the Saint Lucia National Trust – identifying historic buildings at risk, and helping to develop plans for local government departments and NGOs to formulate ways in which the nation’s historic cultural heritage can be preserved.
Kevin’s business and consultancy experience have been well-used !
The Lord Kitchener poster is in my mind when I paraphrase slightly and say: “YOUR PROJECT NEEDS YOU” … to tell your story and help us find more volunteers to continue your work.
I know that many of you already do this through giving talks and presentations to school groups, church groups, clubs and associations of work colleagues … for which we also thank you.
But here’s a thought:
How about approaching the local media – newspaper, magazine, TV station … They are always looking for interesting local news stories – and what could be better than your own story? Why did you decide to volunteer overseas with people and places? Where did you go? What did you do? How did you share your own skills and experience with local people and projects? What were the challenges and what were the rewards?
You no doubt have loads of photos of your volunteer experience – and we know how the media loves a good photo!
If you would like our help with additional information and photos of your project, please let us know! We’ll be pleased to help you to help your project.
A few articles and programmes we would like to draw to your attention – they’re well worth taking the time to check them out:
1. Undercover World Channel 4 investigates orphanage tourism including volunteering watch it here
2. Martin Stevenson talks eloquently and amusingly about the challenges of finding an ethical volunteer programme – listen here
3. Shanty Tourism – you can do it in comfort now apparently – read a critique here
4. Follow all the latest volunteer news positive and negative here
5. Excellent articles about orphanage volunteering & alternatives from UK charity Tourism Concern read them here
So what do you think? We’d love to know, so please share your thoughts and post your comments!
Winner: people and places, UK – www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk/
Judges’ reasons for winning: “Highly commended in 2007 in the Best Volunteering category, they won this same category in 2009. The judges were impressed by their campaign for responsible volunteering; they have also been active in campaigning for child protection whilst running their small business. Their campaign has been funded entirely through their business. Making extensive use of the social media the two directors have given their time freely to fight for change. Over the last few years, practice in volunteering has improved, although there is still much to be done – people and places have been at the heart of that movement to raise awareness and demand action, working with many partners in the UK and abroad”.