Archive for the 'volunteering in the news' Category

not all volunteers are teachers or health care workers

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

One of our hard-working volunteers, currently in Saint Lucia, is a retired civil engineer … using his experience to support the historic restoration work of the Saint Lucia National Trust

Here’s yesterday’s video and report in the local media:

“Apostles’ Battery Restoration”

The Saint Lucia National Trust has undertaken a major restoration exercise at Apostles battery on Morne Fortune. The project is being executed under the expert supervision of Godfrey Weir who is a civil engineer from People and Places. The Saint Lucia tourist board sees the activity as part of a major development project which will take place at various sites on Morne Fortune.”

Watch the video report here.

Just goes to show that even if you’re not a teacher or a health care worker, there’s likely to be a project with people and places where your skills and experience could be be put to good use!

ethical volunteering in South Africa – community needs are key !

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

“Our programs are not designed to meet the expectations of volunteers to do ‘something new’.

Our programs meet the needspaul of the communities in which we work.”

Paul Miedema, our local partner at Calabash in South Africa, wrote this excellent article about the priorities for ethical volunteering.

http://www.tourism-watch.de/content/entwicklungsprioritaeten-verteidigen

The article is in German, but there’s a translate button at the top right of the article,

Well said, Paul :)

“meaningful volunteer experiences”

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Great to see 3 of our volunteer programmes featured in The World Travel Guide

 12 Ethical Experiences for 2015

- and pleased to say that we are in great company!

“Despite the market being swamped with capitalist ventures masquerading as morally sound institutions, there are a number of ethically conscious organisations out there offering both beneficial trips and meaningful volunteer placements.”

worldtravelguide

 

Click here to read the full article.

You can read an article Kate was interviewed for

“Should I volunteer abroad?” – an article we contributed to

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

people and places placements director, Kate, has been interviewed by World Travel Guide for an article about the plusses and minuses of choosing to volunteer abroad …

Should I volunteer abroad?

Should I volunteer abroad?

 

 

“We believe that a carefully placed, thoroughly screened, well-prepared, skilled volunteer can – and does – have a positive impact,” says Stefanko. 

All volunteers through People and Places have to apply for a position. Then, if accepted, the volunteer is matched with a … project that can benefit from their skill set.”

 

read the full article here

Volunteer publication is a must read and not just because………..

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

……….Sallie contributed.

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

By Sallie Graysonsallie headshotSMALL

 

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!

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A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American volunteers and supporters

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

You are simply the best! and we want to say thankyou

simplythebest

 

5 social networks every volunteer should follow

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Social networks can provide lots of really useful information for potential volunteers simplythebest

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?

 

 

 

5 blogs every volunteer should read

Friday, September 26th, 2014

We read lots of blogs during the course of our work – we encourage volunteers to do as much research as they can beforesimplythebest they travel.

Here are our top 5  FAVS ( as they say)

Kick Start Ghana  Ruth’s posts are an important read for all of us – whatever our age

Lessons I learned  Daniela shares her journey – from volunteering to development work – and what she has learnt along the way

How matters written by an international aid worker that has worked with many grass roots organisations -

Go Overseas varied and interesting post on travel and often volunteer travel

Globalsl.org  passionate about community-driven development

Do you have favourites that we should add to our list?

 

 

Fake Britain … fake orphanages …

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

It wasn’t a lie … honest! We’d been misinformed …

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHX-LoLNsKI&feature=youtu.be

BBC ‘Fake Britain’ – investigates orphanage volunteering – 7pm UK time

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Orphanage volunteering … an ever-popular “hit” with many would-be volunteers wanting to ‘work with children’ …

orphanages not the solution

orphanages not the solution

 

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