Community volunteering

Volunteering myths busted: volunteering in communities does more harm than good

Done right, community programmes are a great way for volunteers to experience a foreign culture, engage with local communities, and develop empathy for people from diverse backgrounds. However, there are a number of ethical factors to consider.

7 Ways to Choose an Ethical Volunteer Programme

With so many volunteer project offering a multitude of amazing opportunities, how do you choose an ethical programme? Today, there are an overwhelming number of volunteer organisations offering short-term volunteer opportunities. These programmes are attractive to travellers who want to combine service work with adventure travel and eco-tourism experiences. Whilst there are many reputable and …

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Conservation volunteer reviews of our Elephant Conservation Programme

Volunteers, Stefan, Luca and Megan, share their experiences of volunteering Namibia, working hard to conserve desert elephants and support rural farming communities. The goal of the Desert Elephant Conservation Programme is to overcome and minimise situations whereby humans and elephants come into conflict. The desert-adapted elephant lives in areas also home to rural farming communities, …

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Community member working in vegetable garden in Zimbabwe

Community Outreach in Victoria Falls – what will I be doing?

Volunteer at our new community programme in Victoria Falls! We are proud to have partnered with Greenline Africa on a new volunteer programme just outside Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Greenline Africa is a registered Zimbabwean trust dedicated to funding and initiating community outreach in Victoria Falls – running long term projects in the rural area …

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Volunteering myths busted: myth #2 – you’re taking jobs from locals

In this post we aim to answer one of the most persistent myths about voluntourism – that volunteers hurt communities economically, and take paying jobs away from locals. With scrutiny of volunteer projects at an all-time high, we want to bust two common volunteer myths about voluntourism and its impact on local communities. 1) Volunteers …

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Earth Hour 2019: #Connect2Earth

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement in support of the environment. Since 2007, it has become so much more than an hour-long lights-out event, and is now a movement which has achieved massive environmental change, through harnessing the power of the crowd.   The Hour  Saturday 30th March 2019 – 8.30pm your time Every …

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