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Volume 5 Issue 2 Highlights




Hands On Manila Launches Voluntourism Initiative

From the Greater Good Philippines blog comes this explanation of a new initiative called "Hands On Volunteer Vacations." Post>>

Spend Your Way Out Of Guilt!

Ellen Wernecke, Jaunted Editor, takes a shot at this NY Times piece in an effort to keep us from completely "greenwashing" voluntourism. Post>>

From Elephant Tourism To Elephant VolunTourism

Marieke van der Velden shares some thoughts to consider for those who have typically ridden elephants - consider being of service to them instead. Post>>


"Sarah" introduces us to Salaam Garage - an opportunity for citizen journalists to share the details of worthy causes - in this post on her Enchanting Challenge blog. Post>>

How Do We Define Responsible Travel Philanthropy?

Harold Goodwin offers up some thoughts on the connection between voluntourism and traveler's philanthropy and the issues that should be addressed, including the "real value" of what is being offered. Post>>

Climbing Kilimanjaro with Roadmonkey

Kraig Becker gives us a detailed report on Roadmonkey, started by Paul von Zielbauer - a former Iraq war correspondent - and their current efforts in Kilimanjaro. Post>>

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National & International Media

Making A Difference Beyond 'Voluntourism'

Cassandra Chew introduces the need for addressing systemic change and focusing on the legacy of projects versus the short-term engagements of voluntourists in this piece from Strait Times. Story>>

Voluntourism - Holiday or Help?

Paul Finnerty, of The Argentimes.com, offers an in-depth view at "how" people should volunteer in a destination and whether they have made a difference. Story>>

Do-Good Travel

Leong Siok Hui, of The Star in Malaysia, shares the story of two Londoners in Kg Kipouvo and their experience organized by Uk-based Camps International. Story>>

Doing Good Abroad

Wendy Underhill takes an in-depth look at "enriching opportunities that include danger, hard work & humility" in a special report for Nexus - Colorado's Holistic Journal. Story>>

'Voluntourism': A New Trend in America

Helena Zhu, a member of The Epoch Times staff, shares insights into the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Extension's recently released study on voluntourism. Story>>

Give Back, Get Back

Geraldine Gatehouse, writing for Incentive Mag.com, provides insights into the world of incentive travel and how the current economic landscape is changing the scope of incentives. Story>>

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