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Volume 9 Issue 3 Highlights

 
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Day 247: Only in a Broken System Does Misery Equal Profit

From the Economist's Journey To Life, comes this thought-provoking installment on voluntourism. Post>>

Challenging Video from UC Berkeley's #GlobalPOV Project Asks, "Is Privilege Poverty?"

The Critical Service Learning Blog drew our attention to an 11+ minute video that demonstrates artistic creativity and delivers a salient message for voluntourists and voluntourism providers. Post>>

Food, Farming and Friendships on a Shoestring: Introducing the WWOOF Way

RAW.info Blog, shared one of the most prolific posts on a WWOOF experience that has made its way into the blogosphere.. Post>>

Hey overseas volunteers -- it's not you, it's us

Coffee, Conflict and Vogue offered an unexpected post regarding the failure of the development/NGO community to recognize the contribution it has made to the growth of the voluntourism sector. Post>>

An Illustrated List of People Who Do Good When They Travel

From the Maptia Blog came an extensive list of the different types of travelers and the manner in which they connect with the destinations to which they venture. Post>>

The Problem with Volunteer Tourism

Pacific Standard presented a piece by Sarah Sloat that dives into some of the research on volunteer tourism from the past decade and how it ties into her premise regarding the problemmatic nature of voluntourism. Post>>

National & International Media

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Overseas volunteers worth €10 million and almost 500 jobs to Irish economy — report

Comlamh, as shared by The Journal, released two reports on the value of volunteers to the Irish economy as well as their contributions abroad. Article>>

Fake orphanages. Bogus animal sanctuaries. And crooks growing rich on Western gullibility... why do-gooding gap year holidays may be a horrifyingly callous con

Daily Mail's Chloe Lambert holds nothing back with this title, calling out every version of impropriety that has been perpetrated in the name of voluntourism over the last several years. Read On>>

Thinking of volunteering on your gap year? Good news, it can help you live longer

The Independent delivered some new research on the health-related values of volunteering. Article>>

Orphanage Volunteering 'Part of the Problem'

ResponsibleTravel.com, via The Telegraph, shared its rather bold move to eliminate orphanage volunteering options from its list of responsible travel opportunities for voluntourists. Article>>

Zanzibar: two British charity volunteers injured in acid attack

The Guardian, as well as other media outlets in the UK and internationally, related a story that has to shock the entire voluntourism sector on some level - an acid attack on two female volunteers in Zanzibar - the first of its kind. Article >>

How voluntourism changed my life

Wycliffe Sande, via The Telegraph, provided details of his own life experience and how the generosity of voluntourists altered his life trajectory. Article>>

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