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“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.”

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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!

(more…)

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

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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

 

BUT what are we doing to make volunteer travel better?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Here at people and places we love this travel writing site. Sallie has just made this sallie headshotSMALLcontribution

BUT what are we doing to make volunteer travel better? 

You know when you have an idea – and you realise it wasn’t such a great idea….and you still don’t let go?

My idea – to write about the positive developments in volunteer travel (call it voluntourism if you must but in my book they are two very different experiences).

Normally I write about bad practice - I thought it would be good to write a good news piece for a change – little did I realise how hard it would be. The only way I have been able to write this piece is with a number of big fat BUTs.

So here we go – and let me start by saying that I firmly believe that a well prepared, screened, skilled volunteer can make a positive impact.

I have spent nearly 10 years campaigning for better experiences for volunteers and the communities they seek to serve. I am not a natural campaigner but I found myself involved in an industry bedevilled by bad practice (that’s a whole other story), so “if not me then who?”

Those ten years have been a real roller-coaster – I have seen the best of people and, boy, have I seen the worst of people. So time to take stock. I have no idea whether any of my campaigning has been effective, but I do know that the campaign has been effective, somewhat…

So I want to celebrate the steps forward (some impressive, some tiny) that I have seen in the past 10 years.

I hate lists but everyone tells me people read lists and I would quite like you to learn more about the steps forward we have taken so …a list it shall be.

Read the whole article here

“orphanages … part of the well-trodden tourist trail” says BBC’s Fake Britain

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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”