Here's the round-up of this week's #TTOT:
Q1 via DifferentTravel: Is voluntourism a good or bad thing, and why?
- MzansiGirl: Voluntourism projects should be set up with an exit strategy, so as not to make communities dependent on volunteers
- SeeKerala: Voluntourism is good thing.It helps tourist to build long relationship,gain cultural knowledge & understand community needs
- NileWaveTravel: t's a bad thing if you're being exploited or you are exploiting
- HostelBookers: Do your research. Don't take away paid working opportunities for locals in the area
- MalloryOnTravel: It is unfortunate that too many commercial organizations have jumped on the money making bandwagon
- charynpfeuffer: Voluntourism can be a good thing because it educates people about communities, cultures and needs arout the world
Q2 via SeeKerala: Can volunteer travel make a difference? How?
- RunawayBrit: Building projects make a long-lasting difference in a community. Handing out food is only short-term
- GotBlogWillRoam: Education on various things is probably the best people have to offer, providing it's objective and doesn't impose opinions
- lloydstravel: You can enrich lives by volunteering abroad. You also make a difference by spreading awareness
- JauntingKerrs: Opens new relationships that can span the globe I appreciate the volunteers who expect no credit or recognition in return
- ae_carhire: Any help no matter how small is still help! If it can make a lasting impact on any given community, then it makes a difference
- AdventuresPlan: It allows you into the real lives of locals that your average tourist will never experience
Q3 via SelenaChanLive: Which websites / blogs can you recommend for finding free opportunities?
- malloryontravel: Use social media ask the great twitter travel community
- TheTravProject: Universities are a good network too get involved with and for contacts
- mobilelawyer: Sometimes the best opportunties are just found from going to a location and asking around, in volunteering and just travel itself
- DonNadeau: In North America, Sierra Club offers numerous volunteer opportunities usually in natural settings
- travelightly: The site Idealist has tons of volunteer opportunities worldwide. Some are free, others aren't
Q4 via gregoates: Where and how have you seen voluntourism make a positive impact?
- OysterWorldwide: Turtle conservation with charity&community in Costa Rica. Got food & accommodation in village-total reinvestment into community
- GetawayMagazine: Wildlife rehabilitation
- travel4press: I think things like medical camps supported by unis are great! People with the correct skills are helping others
- hjortur: Did some volunteer work fixing a hospital in Croatia at the end of the war.Seen some environmental projects here in Iceland as well
- redheadedtravel: Tanzania we paid for and helped locals install a rain water tank and guttering on the school roof, they had no water supply
- fodorstravel: Recently in the US, voluntourism really helped comeback of New Orleans & Gulf Coast
|Positive impact = Seeing kids hard at work learning|
Q5 via Oysterworldwide: What would be your perfect volunteering experience whilst traveling?
- HostelBookers: Helping to build a village/town for displaced people/refugees. It breaks my heart seeing people forced from their home
- Marilyn_Res: Perfect volunteer job? I'd love to work in an orangutan orphanage in Borneo
- traveldudes: Having a budget for your own volunteer project. Travel & see where you could help. Then stay & do it!
- Travtar: Teaching impoverished children a trade and helping them discover that they aren't limited by their circumstances
- kitwhelan: Anything where I could make a concrete donation to a community, like a house, playground, or classroom built
- hyperren: I think playing with the kids did more good that the actual tutorials, in the long run anyway
|Play time can be just as rewarding to you as to the kids you help!|
And there you have it, "Volunteer Travel"!
Next week's #TTOT topic is: "Beach Travel" submitted by LifeOutofaSuitc. Submit your questions HERE! And don't forget to tune follow the #TTOT every Tuesday at 9:30am and 9:30pm GMT!
As always, a HUGE travel community thank you to our #TTOT hosts and organizers: traveldudes, roniweiss, toddwassel, traveldesigned, insidetravellab, WildJunket, tbloggersunite and mobilelawyer!
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