Are the days of voluntourism over? Part 2

This article is a continuation of the discussion in Are the days of Volunteer tourism over? Voices that are not heard Arguably the most important actor in the volunteer tourism process, the host communities in the global south, have no say in the configuration of the...

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Are the days of Volunteer tourism over?

This article is the first of two articles looking at volunteer tourism (voluntourism), and where its future lies. Part 2 here: Are the days of voluntourism over? Part 2 In 2014, Pippa Biddle, a former voluntourist, wrote a very critical blog post on the voluntourism...

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3 tips to do networking effectively as a PhD student

Networking conjures up all kinds of images in the minds of people who hear the word. For some networking is a sleazy exercise in greasing the career pole. But others seem to be passionate about it, seeing it as a way to meet new people. The latter seem to have loads...

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Supporting aid workers in humanitarian missions

This week, I have been reading research about the experiences of aid workers serving overseas in various conflict regions. These are usually skill-based international volunteers, and unfortunately many voices in the field seem to say that they are not very supported...

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Global Review on Volunteering

IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) recently undertook the largest and most thorough review of their volunteers ever taken. The report based on this review was co-authored by Matt Baillie Smith (based at Northumbria University,...

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PhD Directions and Volunteering

The switch to studying and seriously considering volunteering as a vocational focus has been recent. If you didnt already know, I am currently on the second year of a 4 year program called Digital Civics CDT. "Digital Civics is the application of technology to solve...

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Good intentions don’t translate to good effects

Hurricane Matthew has been dominating the news and especially how it has impacted the country of Haiti. The usual outpouring of compassion that accompanies such natural disasters, while heartwarming and commendable, results in actions that actually hinder the rescue...

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A blog was born…

This is where it begins. A blog for all things related to volunteering and serving others. Hopefully it will be a mixture of scientific, experiential and some mish-mash of what volunteering is, and what it could look like in practice. So here goes! ps: short blog...

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