Community volunteering

Volunteering myths busted: myth #3 – 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.

Responsible Volunteering – 7 Ways to Choose an Ethical Volunteer Programme

With so many volunteer programmes offering a multitude of amazing opportunities, how do you pick through the maze, and identify a responsible and ethical project? In the 1970s and 80s, volunteer opportunities were limited to humanitarian aid projects run by churches and NGOs, and international government aid projects such as the Peace Corps. Today, there …

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Volunteer reviews of our Elephant Conservation & Community Programme in Namibia

Volunteers, Stefan, Luca and Megan, share their experiences in 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, and …

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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 the benefits of volunteers. 1) Volunteers take jobs from …

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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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Volunteering myths busted: myth #1 – volunteering is just for youngsters

Volunteering is definitely not just for gap year students and teenagers. We firmly believe that older volunteers bring an amazing dynamic to volunteer groups, and bring unique sets of skills and experience to a team.   The myth that volunteering is just for kids, stems from the early days of volunteering, when it was mainly the realm of …

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