There’s no question that volunteer travel has seen a recent surge in popularity, but just how many people are spending their vacation days building schools in developing nations? And who are these volunteers? Do men or women spend donate more time? Is a 54 year-old unmarried doctor more likely to volunteer than a 22 year-old [read more]
Brave New Traveler founder Ian MacKenzie has a great habit of letting the Volunteer Logue in on things when something relevant is published on his site via the Contact Us page. The latest is an interview with filmmaker Daniela Kon, who recently finished filming Changing the World On Vacation: NGO Volunteers and the Politics of [read more]
Ten years ago, I bet no one would have imagined that today a ranger working in a remote location in Congo could post photos and information about his conservation work on a website which gets 20,000 visits a month from around the world.
Or that a Mumbai-based stray dog welfare organization could share videos of its [read more]
World Hum recently pointed me towards Vacationing Like Brangelina, where Time takes a look at voluntourism and asks if these are “merely overpriced guilt trips with an impact as fleeting as the feel-good factor? Or do they offer individuals a real chance to change the world, one summer jaunt at a time?”
Time quotes Voluntourism.org founder [read more]
In about six months, one government organization plans to allow tourists – volunteers in fact - to visit a certain island area which is “so precious humans generally aren’t allowed to venture there”. It is part of a protected marine area and also part of a 14000-mile long archipelago.
The volunteers will help clear [read more]
On the sixth anniversary of the events of September 11, make a commitment to do a good deed to honor the victims and survivors of the tragedy.
Mygooddeed.org is a website and 501(c)3 non-profit organization which was founded in 2002, “as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and preserve the spirit of [read more]
I’ve heard it said that the most common, most effective and least recognized volunteers in natural disaster situations are often local residents – the very ones affected by the disaster – who work together to help each other out . Another common point is that volunteers without appropriate training may end up adding [read more]
Remember the reality show hoax in the Netherlands, designed to raise awareness about the need for organ donors there? Find out if it worked and what people are saying about it from the International Herald Tribune.
Students of Chinese language from around the world can win scholarships and a chance to volunteer at the Olympics.
This [read more]
As people advance in their careers, and find more free time as their children grow up, they often look for a way to share their skills with their community.
But sometimes it’s not so easy. VolunteerMatch recently investigated some of the obstacles facing one particular generation of potential volunteers in the US: baby boomers.
Greg Baldwin, [read more]
Travel to Teach is an organization which provides basic training to paying volunteers who then are placed in schools, frequently in disadvantaged areas which would not otherwise have access to native English speakers (read the Volunteer Logue overview of Travel to Teach). Aside from descriptions of country programs on their website, they also feature [read more]
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