Look beyond…. the word ‘ethical’….

Helen Jennings,Tourism Concern writer, delves into the meanings behind the label: In our world of shorthand labels it is often too easy to brand products as ‘ethical’, ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly’ as a lazy way of seeking support for a venture or product. It is of course a comment on our world that we should even need […]

Travelling to volunteer: “the real thing”

Nigel from CCIVS explains the value of international work camps: There is a tradition of idealistic volunteering that dates back a century – and it’s very ethical. At a reconciliation conference after the First World War a young German got up and said that the way to create real international understanding was to work together. Pierre […]

Combating child trafficking through ethical voluntourism

Next Generation Nepal (NGN) has launched its long-awaited report showing that volunteering in orphanages in Nepal is in fact fueling child trafficking. The report, “The Paradox of Orphanage Volunteering: Combating Child Trafficking through Ethical Voluntourism,” shows that orphanages in Nepal contain over 15,000 children, yet at least two out of three of these children are […]

Not all volunteering with children is bad

After attending Tourism Concern’s International Volunteering Conference in Croydon, The Rosie May Memorial Fund were invited to share their opinion on international volunteering, the problem’s with institutionalisation, and the bad press volunteering faces: Sri Lanka was the second worst hit country in the 2004 Asian Tsunami, killing 40,000, and seriously damaging the countries’ major industries of […]

80 people attend International Volunteering Conference

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 […]


The desire to travel and experience new cultures around the globe is essentially a good thing, and so is the desire to volunteer; people who volunteer generally hope to do something they will find interesting, something they will learn from and something that will help other people. But it’s up for debate whether many volunteering opportunities bring real […]

Blue Ventures Expeditions

Blue Ventures Expeditions is a science-led social enterprise that works with coastal communities to develop transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local people, cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental need to support human development. Blue Ventures develops projects that […]


Azafady is a UK-based charity working with a Malagasy NGO in the south east of Madagascar, on a variety of community health, sustainable livelihoods, education and environmental initiatives. We offer a number of unique and award-winning volunteer placements, including a conservation programme and both long and short term integrated development volunteer opportunities. Azafady’s approach is […]