Saturday 24th October 2015 – Braithwaite hall, Croydon – sponsored by AIG
- 09:30 – Arrival and registration
- 10:00 – Introduction – Mark Watson, Executive Director, Tourism Concern
- 10:15 – Why do you want to volunteer?
- 10:45 – Film: The Voluntourist
- Introduced by Chloé Sanguinetti
- 11:15 – Coffee
- 11:30 – Alternatives to volunteering overseas: ethical travel, volunteering in the UK, study abroad etc..
- Karen, Chillman, Head of Volunteering, Croydon Voluntary Action
- Mark Watson – ethical travel guide
- 12:00 – Filling in the Gaps – International Volunteering guidance
- Peter Bishop
- 12:10 – Volunteer Correct
- Reinier Vriend
- 12:30 – Q&A – Panel discussion
- 13:15 – lunch (provided)
- 14:00 -Best Practice in International Volunteering (case studies)
- 14:45 – The Volunteer Experience (panel discussion)
- Helen Jennings
- Teresa Moore
- Sarah Dyer from CACH
- Stephanie Green
- 15:45 – Q&A
- 16:00 – Tea Break
- 16:15 – Interactive session (table discussions)
- 17:00 – Feedback from groups
- 17:20 – Conclusions / wash up
Ethical Volunteering Organisations will be on hand throughout the day.
Chloé Sanguinetti is originally from Paris, France. After graduating in humanitarian aid and International relations she set out on a year and a half long round the world trip. On the way she filmed short-term volunteers working with children, asking them about their motivations and their impact on local communities. She also interviewed directors of local organisations, questioning them on their need to welcome international volunteers, to produce ‘The Voluntourist’. Now based in London she is actively promoting the documentary to raise awareness against short term unskilled volunteering. More info: www.the-voluntourist.com
Karen Chillman has the privilege of leading the Volunteer Centre innovative and committed team of Volunteers and staff. Karen joined the Volunteer Centre over 7 years ago which is a department with in Croydon Voluntary Action and is passionate about the community they serve. Croydon Voluntary Action delivers a broad portfolio of services to enhance community well-being through voluntary action, encouraging and supporting everybody who lives in or visits the London Borough of Croydon to volunteer with a positive outcome. With over 30 years experience in managing volunteers and volunteer programmes in community settings, from Family support work to managing Community Centres. She studied a degree in Urban Regeneration and Community Involvement at South Bank University. In her spare time Karen volunteers as a Trustee for Greater London Volunteering, as Brownie Guider and runs various craft and knitting groups!
Reinier Vriend is founding director of the Volunteer Correct Foundation (www.volunteercorrect.org/en), who promote transparency and accountability in international volunteering. He is an avid traveler and has lived several years in Southern Africa. Reinier has been trained as a lecturer in Media Studies. He has published on voluntourism, before pursuing a career in journalism and film making. His directing debut “Making A Difference” (www.volunteercorrect.org/film), which he made with companions Brechtje Boeke and Kuba Szutkowski, deals with the volunteer industry in Cape Town and is currently in post-production.
Sarah Dyer. I have been lucky enough to visit South Africa numerous times and see wildlife whilst on safari. Lions were my particular love, it gave me so much pleasure seeing them and knowing how much they were in decline I wanted to give something back and decided to volunteer to help this particular species. Unfortunately, at the time I had no idea of a horrific industry in South Africa called canned lion hunting where lions are bred in captivity to be killed. After volunteering I was devastated to find out that the lion cubs I fell in love with were more than likely destined for this industry. I decided that to do nothing with what I had learnt would be wrong and something positive had to come out of my volunteering experience and therefore I did a lot more research and wrote a blog on the subject and I was then invited to become a UK representative for the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) earlier this year. I now spend my time trying to raise the awareness of volunteers, volunteering organisations and the general public to make sure they don’t inadvertently get involved in something that has nothing to do with the conservation of the species.
Teresa Moore comes from a small village in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland and is currently based in Dublin, where she works as a primary school teacher. Prior to that she spent three years teaching in Germany and in the past she worked as an EFL teacher in Thailand and Scotland. Teresa has just finished an M.A. in Education with UCL’s IOE, where she focused on Development Education, Education and Development in Asia and completed a case study on a volunteer programme in a slum foundation in Bangkok, which focused on the perspective of staff at the foundation in relation to the impact of volunteers. She found it unsettling that the voice of host communities, the stakeholder which should be given the most attention, was largely absent in current literature on volunteering and this made her determined to seek out that voice for her research. The topic was something she was interested in pursuing since her own experience as a volunteer at that same foundation over ten years ago, when she spent four months teaching English to children and teenagers. Teresa has organised fundraising events for the foundation in Bangkok, Ireland and Germany. She has always had an interest in volunteering. When she was a teenager she worked in the local ISPCC charity shop at the weekends and in college she was involved in homework clubs for teenagers in disadvantaged areas of Dublin.
Mark Watson is the Chief Executive of Tourism Concern, a unique independent charity dedicated to campaigning for ethical and fairly traded tourism. Mark has nearly 30 years’ experience in campaigning for social justice both in the UK and internationally and has travelled widely in Africa , Asia and South America. In 1986 he spent three months in Dhaka (Bangladesh) studying the effects of poverty on social exclusion; then in 1991 he led a six month expedition to the Amazon to consider the social and environmental consequences of rainforest destruction. Before going to university to study environmental geography and international development, he spent one year working voluntarily in the township of Alexandria in South Africa. In 2003, he climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money for HIV / AIDS projects in Africa and in May 2013, he climbed Mt Toubkal (North Africa’s highest peak) to promote ethical and responsible tourism. Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Manager with an MSc in Sustainability and a First Degree in Geography and International Development. During the 90s, he lead campaigns on equality and social justice and successfully changed primary legislation and public attitudes in relation to lesbians and gay men.
Peter Bishop has always had a passion for travel. After spending several years running his own graphic design business (with occasional adventures overseas), he sold up in the mid 1990s and spent a year cycling around West Africa before setting up a design and marketing business in St Lucia, West Indies. Working in a tourism dependent economy, and with many clients in the tourism industry, Peter became increasingly aware that tourism often brings little benefit to ordinary people. On return to the UK in the early noughties, he completed an MSc in Development Management, specialising in tourism and began working in sustainable tourism. He has since worked on projects in Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, Tobago and St Lucia. He became a trustee of Tourism Concern in 2006, stepping down in 2009 in order to work on projects including our DFID-funded ‘Empowering Coastal Communities’ project, the Gap Year and International Volunteering Standard, and research into employment conditions in all-inclusive hotels.
Paul Winter spent 4 years teaching in Zambia as a young man, followed by a lifetime in the civil service, latterly as a lawyer. Since 1988 he has been an active member and volunteer in the international workcamp organisation, Christian Movement for Peace, which became Youth Action for Peace and the British branch became and remains Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP)which he chaired for some years. He has attended workcamps and visited our partner organisation in India a number of times. He recently represented VAP at the General Conference of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service in Korea and is currently involved in CCIVS’ “Raising Peace” programme.
Simon Hare spent more than twenty years working in media and advertising before taking a “career break” that turned into a permanent career change. His involvement with the charity Globalteer began in 2009 when he found them on the internet whilst researching volunteer opportunities in Cambodia. He hadn’t quite made up his mind who to volunteer with when he bumped into a friendly lady selling books and gifts for charity outside her cottage in a Devon village. She turned out to be the mother of Globalteer’s founder Jim Elliott, who just happened to be inside having lunch whilst visiting from Peru. As a result of that chance meeting Simon started helping out voluntarily with some of the back office aspects of the charity before spending three weeks volunteering at Globalteer’s community project in Cambodia. His trip made such an impact on him that he went on to raise thousands of pounds for Globalteer’s projects and when he left the UK to “go travelling” in 2011 he soon found his way back to Cambodia where he started working for Globalteer. In August 2013 he transferred to Globalteer’s office in Cusco, Peru. Simon returned to the UK in November 2014 but continues to work on Globalteer’s volunteer recruitment as well as seeking funding for Globalteer’s overseas projects and strategic partnerships with UK-based organisations and individuals.