Voluntourism Best Practices

Voluntourism is on the rise. Originating from the social consciousness movement, awareness and sensitivity to global issues, there is certainly high demand from voluntourists to travel, take part in volunteering and make a difference.

There are many opportunities to enhance skills, and enact your good intentions but how do you really maximize your effectiveness?

It’s vital that volunteer programs are carefully planned to be impactful in terms of social, economic, and environmental issues within the community.

Volunteer travel should be transparent – it should serve the needs of the community as its sole objective; the needs of the traveler are likely to be met as well, but they are secondary. Responsible voluntourism operators should protect against manipulation of the communities they operate in, create realistic goals and set reasonable expectations for volunteers they place around the world.

Here at Hands Up Holidays, we observe best practices to ensure we give the best responsible travel management for all.

 

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