Voluntourism – How to better protect children in destination countries

On March 9th 2018, child protection experts and representatives from the tourism industry came together for a penal discussion organized by ECPAT Germany and Tourism Watch during the International Tourism Fair (ITB) in Berlin. Voluntourism is a growing market; in particular, projects with children are highly popular amongst volunteers. However, there are very few procedures and tools in order to keep children in those projects safe. A growing number of […]

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The real learnings of returned long term volunteers 3

The big hopes of many volunteer programs are not only the direct outcomes created by participants but what the volunteers do with the learnings they gained through volunteering overseas afterwards. Volunteers leave their host countries with new knowledge, understanding and new perspectives that will stay with them long after they have returned. In our earlier article we have already outlined how difficult it is for volunteers to create real change through their […]

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Good selection for better volunteers

When browsing through the websites of different volunteer travel companies and organizations you can notice a small, but very important difference. Whereas many offers can be booked immediately online, others request the potential volunteer to apply first. So, where are the differences and why are they so important? Why should there be a selection process at all?   Being serious about volunteering For the client – or the applicant – […]

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Australia’s Parliament formally recognizes orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery

Australia’s breakthrough in the fight against orphanage (volun)tourism   Great news from Australia! Australia’s Parliament formally recognizes orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery and will introduce a new legislation before the end of 2018. The modern anti-slavery legislation will be introduced into the Australian Parliament in 2018. Australian Parliament accepted the Committee’s recommendations in the inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. Click here for the […]

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Explained: Australia’s parliamentary inquiry to combat orphanage tourism 3

During the last few weeks we heard spectacular news about some of the largest travel and volunteer sending companies (i.a. Projects Abroad[1], World Challenge[2] WorkingAbroad[3]) to stop sending volunteers into residential care institutions (orphanages). This is a great deal regarding children rights within the tourism and volunteer travel sector. But there is no such decision without a good reason especially if it is about leaving a huge market potential aside. […]

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