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“Enjoy yourself in poor countries? Become a voluntourist”

“Enjoy yourself in poor countries? Become a voluntourist”

A few hours ago I was notified that someone had posted a topic with the above title on the people and places group on linked in At first I thought the video was a spoof – to my horror it wasn’t – take a look at the video here  if you don’t the rest of this post will be pretty meaningless. My first reaction was to “out” the profoundly disturbing video on all the social networks I’m on – as an…

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Volunteer Travel – less bitching more balance needed!

Volunteer Travel – less bitching more balance needed!

There has been much criticism of volunteer travel – and  “voluntourism” recently. (Where and how the two differ and the confusion caused by the subjective use of the two terms is fodder for a whole other post –  I must do that one day soon!) We at people and places are leading much of that criticism – I like to think that we campaign by demonstrating good practise and highlighting  bad practise…. but I am concerned that we may be…

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Common Mistakes Made Before, During and After Volunteering

Common Mistakes Made Before, During and After Volunteering

Some musings by Sallie as published by Volunteer Forever -( a great site for info and fundraising for your volunteer trip. and how clever is the graphic!) This is my take on the most common mistakes made BEFORE, DURING and AFTER volunteering. I want to precurse by stating clearly that I believe the vast majority of people who volunteer are doing so with the best of intentions. Our work at people and places brings us into contact with some pretty blooming marvelous people – some…

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