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Volume 8 Issue 4 Highlights

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Voluntourism Benefits A Local Olive Farmer

Ashleigh, for the Engaging Cultures Blog, relates a story from Jordan and how volunteering can benefit families economically as well. Post>>

Voluntourism: A Little Bit Bullshit

The Boy, Girl & World Blog offered the following opening line to this post -- "You know how that old nursery rhyme goes; Mother Teresa was a racist and Thomas Jefferson had 600 slaves. Voluntourism is a bit like that; but with less of the good, more of the bad, and a whole lot more useless." Post>>

Feel Good Holiday: Voluntourism and the Art of Seeing the World

Elisabeth, for Travel Nerd, provides advice for those who may be looking at voluntourism for the first time. Post>>

An Inside Look At What It's Like To Be Surrounded By Sloths

Buzz Feed shared the story of Daniella King and her volunteer adventure working with sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. Post>>

10 Amazing Rainforest Volunteer Vacations

From the One Green Planet Blog came a list of options to consider if you are on the hunt for unique voluntourism experiences beneath the canopy. Post>>

How Tourists to NYC Can Help with Hurricane Sandy Relief

Jaunted suggested ways in which travelers to New York City can get involved in supporting the communities in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Post>>

National & International Media

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Will the Well-intentioned Volunteer Please Stand Up?: Volun-tourism detrimental to our motives and methods

Kathleen Reid, for The Dalhousie Gazette, offered opinions on the questionable nature of voluntourism and its overall contributions, particularly on a short-term scale, to real development issues. Article>>

Voluntourism: U.S. Travelers Are Responding to the Needs of the Global Village with Compassion and Focused Efforts

C-Suite Quarterly puts a different face on the growing trend of volunteer travel, highlighting specific destinations and what U.S. travelers are doing once they arrive. Read On>>

Divers Volunteer to Revitalize the Coral Reef

The Boston Globe dedicated some ink to the growing niche of dive voluntourism, honing in on the coral reef restoration efforts of divers in Key Largo, Florida. Article>>

Exploring the Value of Voluntourism

Lindsay Purchase, for The Cord, discusses voluntourism and international volunteering for development to distinguish between time frame, impact, and good versus harm. Article>>

Read This Before You Voluntour - Part 1 and Voluntourism: Sometimes It Works - Part 2

The Toronto Standard provided two articles with insights into different facets of the voluntourism life cycle. Article 1>> and Article 2>>

Brangelinas need not apply: A Cambodian orphanage is leading the march against 'voluntourism'

Michael Bywater, for The Independent, shared the ongoing battle to free Cambodia from orphanage voluntourism and the challenges that revolve around the movement of voluntourists into communities throughout the country. Article>>

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