With volunteering overseas on development projects rapidly growing in popularity and increasing numbers of adventure tour operators offering ‘voluntourism’ packages, serious questions have arisen about how some such projects are managed and how the benefits are being shared. It is also a challenge for prospective volunteers to identify organisations that embrace best practice.
Tourism Concern therefore organised a one day conference aimed at prospective volunteers and those interested in ‘voluntourism’ on Saturday 25th October. The full day event included discussion groups, presentations and the opportunity to speak to past volunteers and members of our Ethical Volunteering Group.
The event received widespread media coverage, including an article in the Independent newspaper. We have asked speakers to provide a short summary of their talk which we can include on our website.