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Voluntourism

Why Your Kids Need to Travel: Reflections From Haiti

Elevate Destinations | Posted 07.29.2014 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

Many parents are right to be terrified about their kids' level of oblivion. Scheduled to the max, and investing their down time in an electronic matrix, many kids are lacking a skill we used to take for granted -- the ability to meet circumstances and challenges outside the lives that have been staged for them.

Is "Voluntourism" Itself Being Exploited?

Daniela Papi | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Daniela Papi

I'd love to see the image of volunteer travel shift away from people jumping off a plane saying "I'm here to help you!" to saying "I'm here to learn from you how I can be of help, now, or in the future."

The Color of Volunteers' Skin Isn't the Problem: It's Their Attitude

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

It's easy for 'voluntourism' to seem like a dirty word, and there is a very fine line between a genuinely helpful and mutually beneficial experience and one that, at best, has little to no impact.

7 Ways to Give Back While You Travel

Adam Pervez | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Traveling is one of life's biggest privileges. Adventures and experiences of a lifetime are ripe for the picking on all seven continents and people often ask me how they can give back while they travel. Here are some suggestions.

The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

Mario Machado | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Mario Machado

While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.

The Problem With Little White Girls, Boys And Voluntourism

Pippa Biddle | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I've come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative -- most of the developing world.

6 Volunteer Vacations to Experience

U.S. News Travel | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Yes, staying in a luxury hotel and parking your bum on the beach makes for an enjoyable getaway, but what if you're looking for a trip that's more meaningful?

5 Pieces of Advice for Volunteering Internationally

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Benjamin Orbach

There is a lot to do to prepare for a successful experience. In honor of International Volunteer Day, and in an effort to develop more impactful partnerships, I offer these five pieces of advice to Americans planning to volunteer internationally.

Voluntouring: A More Conscious Way to Travel

Stephan Spencer | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Stephan Spencer

Voluntourism is for those who want to revamp the common vacation format to include giving back, and gaining perspective on their own circumstances.

This School Used to Be a Plastic Bottle

Stephan Spencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Stephan Spencer

This school used to be a plastic bottle. This school also used to be an empty chip bag, a coffee cup and a candy wrapper. In fact, it used to be a whole village full of inorganic trash that littered the streets and clogged the rivers.

Kinshasa: Heart of Faith

Rosa Lia June | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Rosa Lia June

In October, 2008, as part of an internship, I traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An orphan I spoke to said the most important people in his life were those who helped. When I asked him who helped, he said no one.

From 'Health' to 'Happiness': A Leading 50+ Expert Answers Your Questions

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

As a leading lifestyle gerontologist for the 50+ population, I'm often asked a myriad of different questions.

Isms

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

The Khmer people, they of the lovely almond skin complexions and river stone eyes, have a way of expression, perhaps like none other I have, or will e...

Doctors Without Orders

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

It started, as so many things in Cambodia often do, with Angry Birds.

6 Relaxing Vacations That Give Back (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.02.2013 | Travel

Your idea of a relaxing vacation may not involve volunteer work or sustainability initiatives, but there are ways to give back during your travels tha...

Make Volunteering Part Of Summer Vacation Plans

Kip Patrick | Posted 07.29.2013 | Travel
Kip Patrick

But even if your summer travel plans don't veer far from the beach, pool or park, you can still give a little something back wherever you are, even if it's just for a short time.

Making a Difference on Your Vacation

Elevate Destinations | Posted 05.21.2013 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

I remember the first time I prepared to go to Haiti -- I told an acquaintance about the trip and they responded with a sincerely puzzled, "why are you going there?" I didn't have a good answer other than that it felt right to take action.

The Killing Tree

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

The land is green, rolling and gentle-seeming in the way only places far from home can seem. Valleys are carved into the ground, covered in carpets of silky grass and steadfast moss.

How To Do Good On Your Next Vacation

Next Avenue | Posted 04.21.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Stephanie Oswald Nine volunteer programs to expand your cultural horizons at home and abroad Clearing debris from...

Social Fiction: Muhammad Yunus Asks Social Entrepreneurs to Write the Future

Daniela Papi | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

What realities can you make come alive for others that highlight a future that could solve some of the problems you see now, or predict are coming? What possibilities can you create with your "social fiction"?

Want to Make a Difference for the World's Poorest People by Volunteering Overseas?

Peter Walters | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Peter Walters

There have been many articles written about the voluntourism industry in recent years. Often authors aggressively attack the idea. But what we keep finding however, is that few of these articles give practical ideas to passionate young people who want to make a difference.

Family Voluntourism - Thoughts to Help You Start Planning!

Elevate Destinations | Posted 06.07.2013 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

More than ever before parents are considering jumping in on the fast growing "voluntourism" trend. Today when many parents are concerned about raising "socially conscious" children, it's a perfect way to benefit others while also shifting perspective from their own lives.

Giving Back On Family Vacation

MiniTime | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

We love the idea of raising our children to give back, but many of us find it hard to build volunteerism into our busy day-to-day lives.

Packing Heart on Your Next Vacation

Ann Craig-Cinnamon | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Ann Craig-Cinnamon

For the cost of a utility bill here at home, several families would have fresh, clean water to drink. It was an easy thing to do. We didn't even lift a finger.

A Purposeful Spring Break

Crawford Hill | Posted 05.01.2013 | Travel
Crawford Hill

Spring break provides an incredible opportunity to do some volunteer work and have a vacation too.