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How to be ethical and volunteer in a wildlife sanctuary

The world of wildlife sanctuary volunteering and captive animal interactions is an often murky one, brought into disrepute by sanctuaries keeping animals in terrible conditions, breeding indiscriminately with no intention of release, and inviting volunteers to participate for little more than monetary gain. There are amazing wildlife sanctuary volunteer projects in Africa, and the key …

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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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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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