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From the last issue of The VolunTourist, we have received several letters referencing the Feature Article: VolunTourism: Maintaining Its Integrity. One of those letters is featured in this issue's UnXpected.
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Wow! You have certainly said a great deal in this email. I am grateful that you were willing to share.
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My plan is to take this letter that you have written, along with others that I have received, and place them in a larger article/case study for individuals to review. I also want to give Lawrence Woo and the Volunteer Visions Team a chance to respond to these letters.
As you can imagine, it defeats the purpose to simply provide one side of a story without an opportunity for all parties to express their opinions and perspectives. Fortunately, Mr. Woo has already responded to my initial query, as you saw in the article from the last issue. You will be able to read his responses to all of the letters and the Mystery VolunTourist report that came from someone that participated in a Volunteer Visions trip in the next issue of The VolunTourist.
If I think of other advice that may be able to serve you and your husband, I will certainly let you know. So far, I think you have done what you can. It does not serve any real purpose to "flame" Volunteer Visions. It will only assist their website in getting more traffic and higher search engine ranking. We, as people, are a very curious lot in this regard. Seemingly, we cannot stay away from something that is labeled - whether it be negatively or positively stamped. Indifference is the toughest nut to crack. It does not lead to publicity or recognition of any kind. Hopefully, by setting this up as a Case Study, individuals will be able to form their own opinions about the situation without any hard-leaning negative or positive sentiments. They will simply learn from what is posted and determine what to do with the information - - guided by their own thoughts on the matter.
In the meantime, thank you for your candid remarks and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future as this experience continues to unfold for you.
David L. Clemmons, Publisher/Editor
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Dear Marie H.
I recommend that you connect with a couple of folks to assist you in your process. Elisa Sabatini is the Executive Director of Los Ninos, Inc., an NGO that operates in the U.S./Mexico Border Region. Her team has been designing VolunTourism programs for nearly three decades. I have cc'ed her on this email. It may be worth your time to come out and visit with her in advance of your trip back to Egypt.
Also, Dr. Nancy McGehee, cc'ed on this response, is offering a one-week class on VolunTourism from January 28 - February 3, 2007. I believe this could be an excellent way for you to understand the basics of VolunTourism and also experience a 2-day practicum in Tijuana, Mexico.
In addition, of course, you can review the material that is offered on the VolunTourism.org web site. The Archives of the Newsletter are an excellent resource as well as the other items listed in the Resource Section of the web site.
Let me know if these options serve you and how I may assist you further if necessary.
David L. Clemmons, Editor/Publisher
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