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The Guardian – positives and negatives of ‘voluntourism’

The Guardian – positives and negatives of ‘voluntourism’

Seems to be a ‘media day’ …  this article in The Guardian today asks, yet again, whether ‘voluntourism’ does more harm than good … “If volunteers are truly to help communities overseas, charities and NGOs must take the time to match their skills with the right projects,” says Matthew Jenkin, editor of Guardian Careers Key word: “MATCH” … Our own approach here at ‘people and places‘ is – and always has been – to begin with an understanding of local need in…

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volunteering in projects abroad: how to do it well

volunteering in projects abroad: how to do it well

Really useful tips, advice and pointers in this article to guide your research when you’re beginning to think about volunteering in projects abroad … how to find the right project for you …     “short-term volunteering – how to do it well” Begin by asking lots of questions … and expect full answers ! Sallie is quoted, as is Michael, our local partner in Cambodia, where our volunteers work in this community project in Siem Reap. Michael’s question 1: “Does the…

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Who thought this was a good idea?

Who thought this was a good idea?

Win a childcare experience All too often we are horrified by the “opportunities “offered to well meaning people – we publish few but this one is so irresponsible we had to share it. Well, actually, we are sharing Dave Coles  recent blog post (he does wonderful work heping LSE students find responsible volunteering opportunities.) Bravo Dave – wish we’d written this piece. “since when did it become acceptable to offer time with children as a prize? Would you be happy…

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not all volunteers are teachers or health care workers

not all volunteers are teachers or health care workers

One of our hard-working volunteers, currently in Saint Lucia, is a retired civil engineer … using his experience to support the historic restoration work of the Saint Lucia National Trust … Here’s yesterday’s video and report in the local media: “Apostles’ Battery Restoration” The Saint Lucia National Trust has undertaken a major restoration exercise at Apostles battery on Morne Fortune. The project is being executed under the expert supervision of Godfrey Weir who is a civil engineer from People and Places. The Saint Lucia…

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ethical volunteering in South Africa – community needs are key !

ethical volunteering in South Africa – community needs are key !

“Our programs are not designed to meet the expectations of volunteers to do ‘something new’. Our programs meet the needs of the communities in which we work.” Paul Miedema, our local partner at Calabash in South Africa, wrote this excellent article about the priorities for ethical volunteering. http://www.tourism-watch.de/content/entwicklungsprioritaeten-verteidigen The article is in German, but there’s a translate button at the top right of the article, Well said, Paul 🙂

“meaningful volunteer experiences”

“meaningful volunteer experiences”

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.”   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

“Should I volunteer abroad?” – an article we contributed to

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 …     “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…

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Volunteer publication is a must read and not just because………..

Volunteer publication is a must read and not just because………..

……….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…

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5 social networks every volunteer should follow

5 social networks every volunteer should follow

Social networks can provide lots of really useful information for potential volunteers  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…

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