Learn to Volunteer Ethically

Learn to Volunteer Ethically
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Orphanage Tourism: Slavery Hidden In Plain Sight

December 6th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

A historic modern slavery bill in Australia is being praised as the country takes the lead in ending the practice. Australia has become the first country in the world to recognise the popular tourism practice of visiting overseas orphanages is forcing young children into slavery in many cases.

Learning Service: The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad

August 24th, 2018|Categories: Ethical Volunteering, NGN News & Updates|Tags: , , , |

This year, nearly 20 million people will pack their bags to volunteer overseas—yet far too many are failing to make an impact, and some are even doing more harm than good. So how can we change the way we make positive change in the world?

How to Help Prevent Child Trafficking: An Infographic by NGN

August 1st, 2018|Categories: Ethical Volunteering, NGN News & Updates|Tags: , , , |

We hope that our infographic will make it easier to understand how child trafficking happens, not only in Nepal, but worldwide. You can help us raise awareness for this problem by sharing this graphic with your friends, family, and with anyone you know who may be considering volunteering in an orphanage.

Gap year ‘voluntourism’ funds exploitative orphanage schemes, says JK Rowling

June 18th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

Gap year students who volunteer at orphanages overseas are propping up a system that “irreparably harms children”, JK Rowling has said. The author, who founded children’s welfare charity Lumos, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that while students may have the “best of intentions”, they could be funding orphanages that abuse vulnerable children and sell them into sex work.

A Guide To Voluntourism: Pros, Cons And How To Do It Right

May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

What’s your idea of a break? Whether you’re in college, or working a monotonous 9 to 5, some time off is always welcome to shake yourself and give your brain some new stimuli. If you're considering a sabbatical or looking forward to summer, you're probably looking to make some cheap travel plans. We’re all wistfully sighing at blogs and vlogs of solo travelers who ventured into a community far away to make a world of difference.

The truth about volunteering ethically

May 18th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

Hit the road and save the world! It’s a brilliant idea… but just how easy is it to actually make a difference whilst traveling? I have a confession to make… I have extremely mixed feelings about people volunteering abroad for a week here or a week there and then filling their Facebook page with pictures of them and beaming crowds of children. Do they have any child-care experience? Are they really able to make a difference to a child’s life in just one week or do they risk forming a connection with an at-risk individual and then, simply, leaving?

Power to the hosts: how to fix volunteer tourism

May 16th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

Volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, is no stranger to criticism. Media reports regularly support claims that profits and visitor experience are trumping the needs of host communities. Volunteer tourism is the intersection between tourism and volunteering. It involves travellers participating in organised short-term voluntary work to help communities, the environment and/or research in the places they visit.

‘Voluntourism’ does more harm than good

May 7th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

With summer approaching, we are near prime “voluntourism” season. The approximately $2 billion dollar industry sends more than 1.6 million volunteer tourists around the globe each year, according to NPR. To the students gearing up to travel to developing countries and refurbish a school, build a well or assist in some kind of humanitarian venture that can be finished in two weeks – consider this: Volunteer work is not a photo opportunity.

Volunteerism or Voluntourism?

May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

STUDENTS BEGIN THEIR 21-day trip by traveling to a ranch in the Guanacaste province. As volunteers, they will work with students from local schools and teach them about modern environmental issues. The teens also learn about Costa Rica’s development issues and speak with natives about recent environmental changes within the region. Trip participants will also experience popular tourist attractions like whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and ziplining.

We Need to Talk About Volunteering

May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

If you are thinking about volunteering abroad, we need to talk. I never expected that my volunteering experiences in Cambodia would lead me to have so many contentious discussions about responsible tourism, sustainable development, commercial ethics and modern slavery. It is never easy explaining to well-meaning, generous people that their desire to help others may inadvertently cause more harm than good.

The Voluntourist’s Dilemma

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

While scrolling through my Facebook feed as a welcome distraction from the midweek workload, I stumbled upon pictures from my friend’s service trip to Guatemala over Easter Break. The photos from her five-day trip featured members of her group holding babies, smiling while young girls braided their hair, and taking selfies with kids from the local village. In every picture, both the volunteers and the children had big smiles on their faces, yet I couldn’t help but feel a mixed reaction to the message the album implied.

DUCK expeditions are a load of quack

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

When I was 15, I flew to Nepal. Hiking through the Himalayas, while teaching school children English and helping out at an orphanage? Could I have been a more selfless teenager? I was off to save the world. There are few things more cringe-worthy than watching 20 British schoolgirls trying to build a well under the scalding Nepalese heat. This is what I imagine a group of local men were thinking as they politely stood back while we puzzled our way through this contraption.

We Need Your Help

As of 2019, there are still hundreds of children living in abusive orphanages. 80% of these children are not orphans; they have families. Help us bring them home.