There are still far too many volunteer sending organisations exploiting vulnerable communities and well meaning volunteers.
PLEASE PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO – its an hour long but it is very very important.
people and places was set up 7 years ago to campaign for change – we wanted to show that volunteer travel could be done responsibly – that it can be a real force for good. It’s been an amazing journey – sometimes we feel as if we are talking to ourselves, or with the few people who already “get ” the ethics of volunteer travel.
There are still way to many instances of wanton damage to vulnerable children, adults and wildlife in the volunteer market.
This year I (Sallie) was asked to sit on a panel discussing volunteer travel at World Travel Market – one of the leading trade shows for the travel industry.
Paul Miedema – our local partner in South Africa– was also on the panel ( what he had to say is the most important )
The debate got heated – GOOD – now we need ACTION .
I am an optimist – couldn’t do this work if I wasnt! – I think we may be at a tipping point – I think, just maybe, some of the key players in the travel industry may start to help us expose the exploitation and promote best practice – oh I do hope so – it is time.
If you would like more info about the issues take a look at these two slide shows. I would ask you to post your comments here – you can be a change maker – we need people to ask these questions