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Volume 5 Issue 3 Highlights

 

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Do Not Demolish

Four years removed from Hurricane Katrina, Kevin Fay, copy editor for World Hum, offers a look into his voluntourism experience in New Orleans. (There is quite a human element here as it turns out "Judy" - the homeowner supported by Kevin's group - passed away between Kevin's journey and the writing of this piece.) Post>>

Worldchanging Essay: Creating Responsible Voluntourism

Carissa Bluestone generates an effort that questions the commodification of voluntourism and what this may mean as it continues to expand. Post>>

From Teddy Rist to Blake Mycoskie - Adventures in Voluntourism

Greg Rollett takes a look at Gen Y and how his personal life journey has taken him to the precipice of a voluntourism trip to Costa Rica. Post>>

Cheap Volunteering Experiences: How to Find Volunteer Programs That Suit the Financially Challenged

Amy Heading, for BootsnAll, offers an in-depth look at options for those who are feeling the economic pinch of the times in which we live. Post>>

In Praise of "Voluntourism"

Nathan Bransford offers a closer look at a voluntour he took this summer as a result of receiving the Change Ambassadors Grant from Travelocity. Pay particular attention to the "113" Comments responding to his Post>>

Projects With Purpose: Company Pairs Corporations, Charities for Volunteer Work

Ted Griggs, a business writer for The Advocate, shares the story of Juli Miller Hart and Charlotte Nordyke, co-founders of Projects With Purpose. Post>>

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National & International Media

Voluntourism: Time for Us All to Grow Up

The Wanderlust Team provides a provocative piece discussing, among other things, over-commercialization of voluntourism. Post>>

How To Make Volunteering Work for You

Annabelle Thorpe takes a closer look at the process of selecting your voluntourism journey to insure a positive experience for you and all. Story>>

Mind The Gap Year Exploitation

John-Paul Flintoff, Dominic Prince, and Helen Brooks, for The Times Online, remind us that voluntourism has challenges. But unlike other forms of travel, the challenges are magnified because of the intent and expectations. Story>>

NYT Iraq Reporter Quits, Becomes "Roadmonkey"

Adam Baer conducts an interview with Paul von Zielbauer - former New York Times reporter and Iraq correspondent - about his new venture, Roadmonkey. Story>>

Corporate Social Responsibility

Carolyn Koenig inks a piece for the August issue of Smart Meetings. She provides a resource-filled review of voluntourism for the corporate meetings audience. Story>>

Projects With Purpose: Company Pairs Corporations, Charities for Volunteer Work

Ted Griggs, a business writer for The Advocate, shares the story of Juli Miller Hart and Charlotte Nordyke, co-founders of Projects With Purpose. Post>>

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