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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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Volunteering: A (Former) Child’s Perspective of Visitors to the Home

Volunteering: A (Former) Child’s Perspective of Visitors to the Home

There is much debate about the ethics of  volunteering in orphanages – we at people and places are leading a fair bit of it! Yesterday on twitter @pandpvolunteer  I “met ” Mandy  who for some of her childhood lived in a children’s home –  below is her story – it is a powerful voice for the children and carries invaluable advice for volunteers. Thanks so much Mandy If you’d like to learn more about the Better Child Protection click here  and…

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“We know they are the right company” – we’ve been recommended by one of the best!

“We know they are the right company” – we’ve been recommended by one of the best!

Many of you will have heard of Tribes Travel – they are award winners.  A small, personalised tour operator run by husband and wife team Amanda and Guy, Tribes specialise in personal service – for the traveller and for the communities they visit. “… we believe that the very best tailor made holidays are the ones which not only make you feel special and help you engage with the places you visit, but which, at no extra cost to you, also allow…

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