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Volume 5 Issue 2 Highlights



David Clemmons, Publisher/Editor of The VolunTourist, responds to some of your questions and emails. (Additional questions and responses are posted on the VolunTourism.org Blog)

Volume 5, Issue 1 Reader Comments & Other Mail

Copyright © Jamaica Adventure Secrets, All Rights Reserved

Dear Rohan,

Thank you for taking the time to send along your email. This sounds like an exciting venture you have lined up for yourself.

My first suggestion would be to reach out to other entities in the VolunTourism Community. You may discover through this process that the necessity of establishing your own operation can be approached from a collaborative or cooperative model. In fact, you may find that establishing your own entity is not even necessary, as a similar approach may already be in the marketplace and eager for partnership.

Should you decide, after some due diligence, to establish your own initiative, then I would suggest determining where you anticipate the majority of your audience will come from. Evoking a level of trust for all stakeholders - community residents, your voluntourists, your vendors & suppliers, etc - - is the most important element in the creation of a voluntourism operation. You may decide that one way of doing this is to set up your operations in both countries - Australia and the U.S. - with two aspects to your website. You could offer a flag for each country that individuals could click on, particularly if you start by registering the operation in only one country.

These are some initial thoughts, and I am sure you have thought of many others. Keep us posted on your progress. You may also find the new website that we have recently launched as a good place for sharing ideas and questions with others - TheVolunTourist.org BETA. The site is set up for those folks who feel a stronger commitment to VolunTourism and wish to interact with a community of like-minded individuals (as "stewards" of VolunTourism).

Here's wishing you much success in your effort!

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Copyright © See Turtles, All Rights Reserved

Dear Jess,

This is the first request of this type that I have received. Certainly folks were involved in home construction after the Southeast Asian Tsunami and the Hurricanes in the U.S., but whether such work is done regularly by a specific entity, I am not sure.

A good place to start could be Relief Web. This is a comprehensive web site that covers humanitarian issues and natural disasters around the world. If you are in an area that has been impacted by a natural disaster, some of the organizations listed on this site could potentially provide assistance to you.

Perhaps you could submit a request to them, and they may be able to connect you with the resources neccesary to assit you in your quest to construct your home.

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Copyright © Mary Lynn Perry, All Rights Reserved

Dear Mary Lynn,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It is great to hear that the Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Sacramento, California, can lend a hand when she visits another destination. You may have raised the bar for a host of volunteer coordinators and volunteer managers out there. And it looks like you had a few fellow voluntourists join you as well. Outstanding!

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