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Sympathetic to “Sympathy” Tourism? It’s Time To Set The Record Straight

We first learned about sympathy tourism this summer — and to put it bluntly, we’re not fans. To quote the author of the original post, Uncornered Market, sympathy tourism is defined as travel offered by organizations who “engage in earning money […]

Starting the fire in the small rock oven. Photo courtesy of Katie Foote.

Peruvian Culture: Giving Thanks To Mother Earth Through A Volunteer Homestay Experience

As the heart of the Incan empire, the city of Cuzco, Peru represents the center of the indigenous Quechua culture. Beneath well-preserved colonial architecture and churches introduced by the Spanish conquerors, you can still spot Inca walls and roads supporting […]

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Voluntourism: It’s Not All Bad, As Long As You Do It SMARTER

Dear Potential Volunteers, Do you want a great volunteer travel experience and truly want to help? 
But you don’t want to get involved with unethical practices or bad “voluntourism?” 
You want to “volunteer abroad” and that’s different, right? Unfortunately, it’s […]

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To Be Honest, I Just Want To Volunteer: Common Voluntourism Mistakes And How To Fix Them

That’s great – honesty is the best place to start – without honesty there are so many pitfalls – so many mistakes that well-meaning volunteers can make. My organization, People & Places, has been campaigning for better volunteer experiences for […]

These Voluntourism Companies Help Travelers Give Back While Still Enjoying Their Vacation

While many people think of travel as a time to pursue their own relaxation and enjoyment, it can also be a great opportunity to give back. Voluntourism trips have been gaining popularity for their positive contributions to society while still […]

Pun Pun Organic Farm near Chang Mai, Thailand, combines local culture and farming with permaculture-inspired philosophy.

What Is Permaculture? (And How You Can Volunteer To Help Sustainable Agriculture)

Growing populations and shrinking resources strain the environment and stress its human inhabitants. Developed in 1978, permaculture aims to better prepare people for an uncertain future by embracing sustainable living. At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, dining halls serve food […]

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Love And Travel: A Honeymoon For A Good Cause

Holding hands on white sand beaches. Decadent chocolates paired with bubbling Champagne. Luxury hotels and plush beds covered in rose petals. These are some of the images that come to mind when thinking about the perfect honeymoon. For some, however, […]

Preparing For A Volunteer Abroad Experience

Preparing For A Volunteer Abroad Experience

Volunteering abroad is not easy, and it takes a certain kind of person to participate in voluntourism. In fact, it takes a certain type of person to even think about going on a trip like this. While it is normal […]