Add extra meaning to your holiday by helping the communities you visit. There are plenty of volunteer travel outfits out there that can set it up. It'll be an experience you'll never forget.

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Voluntourism cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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How the pandemic has changed voluntourism

The pandemic has indeed transformed the landscape of international volunteering, say researchers. A February survey of 130 volunteer organizations and 239 international volunteers by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development found that the pandemic had spurred volunteer groups to offer more remote volunteering opportunities and consider expanding national volunteer membership in the future. Even as some groups gear for a return to the way it was, others are changing their modus…

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on our blog: voluntourism in Vietnam - Ruralkids

CDS Rural Education Development Organization (Vietnam) is looking for interested volunteers who would like to share their time and talents with the staff and students of our school. Volunteers strengthen and enrich educational programs and foster greater cooperation among all the partners in our rural school complete post

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  • Here's another one, David:

    There’s a growing body of scholarship demonstrating that the potential inadvertent harms of short-term international volunteering often outweigh the positives. Voluntourism can reinforce paternalism, expecting hosting communities to be passive and grateful “recipients.” Volunteers’ efforts often shirk pressing issues like infrastructure and resource shortages, or unknowingly duplicate existing resources. Sociologist Judith Lasker finds most global health volunteering benefits the sending organizations and the volunteers more than the host communities. Anthropologist Nicole Berry’s work reveals that volunteer medical missioners often prioritize their own interests rather than local needs.

  • Here's an essay which makes good points about both problems with voluntourism and the backlash against it - worth a read!!

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  • Hi All;

    Volunteer Voyages LLC is designed to welcome "first-time" volunteers to our wonderful world.  We design worthwhile projects after discussions with the recipients of our proposed efforts, and then we recruit volunteers.  Our volunteers usually are wondering if this volunteer stuff is right for them, and we enjoy helping them learn just how rewarding participation can be.  We usually don't rough it - we travel in good vehicles with safe drivers, we stay in hotels, we are very careful what we eat and drink, etc., etc.  Most of the time we stay very comfortable. 

    Our first week (of two) in the country is spent working on the project.  The second week is spent touring the fabulous sights of the country and spending some quality "tourist time". 

    Our next project will be in Thailand in December - building water filters for needy families.  That one will be followed in January by a trip to India to teach school children about the risks of tobacco use.  February will find us in Peru and then Guatemala at the end of that month, etc.  We have a very exciting and interesting schedule coming up.

    Please think about joining us - or at least sharing this with others who might be interested.  Thanks!

  • Hello all, I hope to meet some like-minded people in this forum who want to do good as we travel! I'd like to take this chance to introduce ourselves briefly. We came into existence when our founders failed to find volunteer opportunities along their travel itineraries that wouldn't cost them extra for admin fees etc. So they decided to create network of volunteers (voluntourists) who want to do good as they're traveling, train and equip them, at no costs to them. So if you ever want to do some good in your next trip, send us an email!

    Hope there will be more discussions to come!


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  • Another good recent post on our blog: saving $$ when volunteering abroad.
  • A nice post on our blog just recently on voluntourism and the joy of travel.
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