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remember – check your passport before booking !

remember – check your passport before booking !

So – today I shall be spending the afternoon in London – renewing my passport ! My failure to check the expiry date before booking my Christmas holiday will cost me – significant amounts of both time and money !!! Just thought I would post this before 2 of my supportive ‘people and places’ colleagues decide to do so 🙂 … they know who they are !  

BUT what are we doing to make volunteer travel better?

BUT what are we doing to make volunteer travel better?

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

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Open Letter to Ethical Corporation

Open Letter to Ethical Corporation

Do you think i will get a reply? ( and FYI we didnt enter the awards because we have a policy not to enter awards you have to pay for!   Thankyou for the invitation . Before we can finalise our decision to take  up your offer of a seat at the awards dinner for the discounted price of ÂŁ295 per person I would be grateful if you could answer some questions. as an organisation promoting ethical business practices could…

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child protection – we make no apologies for our passionate campaigning

child protection – we make no apologies for our passionate campaigning

Sallie recently made a presentation about child protection at a responsible tourism event – watch it here (about 14 minutes in ) – there were lots of tweets and a couple of articles afterwards which used the word  “passionate” to describe her presentation. …. dead right – we are passionate and we are not going to stop campaigning and raising awareness. Kate was interviewed on the BBC in May about “Orphanage Volunteering – watch it here Does this mean we are against…

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why don’t people research their volunteer trip BEFORE they travel not AFTERWARDS! do th

why don’t people research their volunteer trip BEFORE they travel not AFTERWARDS! do th

Sallie has just had a little rant on the Better Volunteering page we manage on FaceBook  “There is a lot of discussion about “voluntourism”  volunteer travel in the press and on blogs at the moment – and there is a rash of articles written by returned voluntourists who question the merit of their “3 days teaching” on their return home. Well Im getting cross – why didnt they question the merit – BEFORE they parted with a load of money…

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no January Sales here !

no January Sales here !

some volunteer organisations are currently offering January Sales with prices reduced by up to … wait for it … 20% !!!     We’re not offering January Sales … because our volunteers pay COSTS (very different from PRICES!) … real costs … and we don’t have massive overheads to cut ! see ‘why should I pay to volunteer?’ on our faqs page

Volunteering in the news

Volunteering in the news

A few articles and programmes we would like to draw to your attention – they’re well worth taking the time to check them out: 1. Undercover World Channel 4 investigates orphanage tourism including volunteering watch it here 2. Martin Stevenson talks eloquently and amusingly about the challenges of finding an ethical volunteer programme – listen here 3. Shanty Tourism – you can do it in comfort now apparently – read a critique here 4. Follow all the latest volunteer  news…

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Child protection isn’t just about paedophiles

Child protection isn’t just about paedophiles

” Children must be protected from many forms of exploitation – the commoditisation of children by many “suppliers” in the volunteer travel industry is also a serious form of abuse. All too often well meaning volunteers are exploited too – particularly those wanting to serve “orphans” They would be horrified to learn that they are probably fuelling such abuse.There is a growing body of evidence that many orphanages in countries such as Uganda Bali and Cambodia are opened specifically to exploit well…

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Sallie has a rant – prompted by Guardian article

Sallie has a rant – prompted by Guardian article

Most of our volunteers are way to busy to indulge in ( waste time with!) FaceBook so heres a copy of Sallie’s recent rant prompted by a Guardian article  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/05/100-top-things-dont-need agree with Annie Bennet  dont pay to swim withdolphins – they will let you know if they want to swim with you – my contribution to 100 things you should not do 1. Volunteer with vulnerable children – unless you have appropriate skills. 2. Visit an orphanage for a couple…

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how ‘people and places – responsible volunteering’ was born

how ‘people and places – responsible volunteering’ was born

people and places and market leaders The Gambia Experience are working in partnership to enable people who want to volunteer  The Gambia – read more here. Sallie recently wrote a piece for The Gambia Experience blog explaining how and why people and places was conceived – it has a lot to do with The Gambia! “people and places was conceived in a garden in The Gambia – so The Gambia, and the work we do there, has a special place in…

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