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Volume 7 Issue 4 Highlights

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"Malaysian business student and photographic hobbyist Joshua Lim enjoys his lunch break his way while volunteering." Copyright © Nola Lee Kelsey, All Rights Reserved



Nepal, orphanages and X-L voluntourism: Conor Grennan's 'Little Princes' and the complexities of development

Tobias Denskus, for the Aidnography Blog, takes another stab at the efforts of voluntourists and how this Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Aid is rife with challenges. Post>>

Ten of the Best...British Volunteering Holidays

Christine Ottery, for the Ecologist.org, provides a substantive outline of voluntourism options in the UK. Post>>

Traveling versus traveling with a purpose

Matt Muspratt on his Blog offered his thoughts on voluntourism in relation to an email he received from the Yale Alumni Service Corps. Post>>

Five Reasons to Rethink Your Decision to Volunteer Overseas

This post appeared on The Responsible Traveller Blog, and raises the questions of how ethical it is to be a voluntourist. Post>>

Voluntouring: A Great Travel Experience for Families

From the Teen Life Blog came a post by Marie Schwartz builds on an article in The Wall Street Journal and discusses the features of voluntourism experiences that may suit families. Post>>

National & International Media

A Pick of the Best Volunteer Vacations

Louisa Wilkins, for aQuarius, provides a well-constructed piece detailing a number of unique voluntourism experiences. Article>>

Tiger care WFFT
"A  Wildlife Friends Meow, a tiger with neurological damage, is dried off after his morning hydrotherapy session. " Copyright © Nola Lee Kelsey, All Rights Reserved

Richard Stupart: Voluntourism Does More Harm Than Good

CNNGO.com featured this article by Richard Stupart on the pitfalls and criticisms of voluntourism. Read On>>

What on earth is happening to volunteering?

Third Sector Magazine provided this piece by Dr. Debbie Haski-Leventhal, contributor to the State of the World's Volunteerism Report. Article>>

Are Overseas Volunteer Trips Worth It?

Craig and Marc Kielburger, for The Globe and Mail, generated 112 comments to their answer. Article>>

Saving the World: One Vacation at a Time

Anne Tergesen, for The Wall Street Journal, provided ten of the best volunteer travel options in 2012. Article>>

Voluntourism on the Rise

Kristine Lim, for Channel News Asia, discusses the potential of voluntourism in China. Article>>

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