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We have to learn before we can help: Creating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences - NAFSA Conference June 2011

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Christina Tunnah's & Daniela Papi's presentation at the NAFSA conference in June 2011, "We have to learn before we can help: Creating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences"

Christina Tunnah's & Daniela Papi's presentation at the NAFSA conference in June 2011, "We have to learn before we can help: Creating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences"

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  • 1. we have to learn before we can helpCreating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences
  • 2. ★  Who are we?!Ø  3.6 million UVs p.a"Ø  12,000 travel journals"Ø  Travel alerts, safety, Travel Smarter"Ø  iPod / iPhone language guides" h"p://www.ccsnys.org/  Ø  Travel scholarships"Ø  Ambassador program "Ø  Footprints"Ø  Linked with Social Media"
  • 3. How  &  why  it  works  
  • 4. -  Registered non-profit organisation-  Work with 3rd party charities, grassrootss and NGOs-  Source locally supported projects-  Support United Nations Millennium Development Goals-  Manage and report on charitable projects globally
  • 5. • $1,106,567• 432,040 donations• 66 projects funded
  • 6. 12,821 donations from people in 18 countries raised $31,548 for to fund a Water & SanitationprojectIn Timor-Leste run by WaterAid 2,264 donations from people in 21 countries raised $6,910 to fund a Teacher Livelihood ProgramIn Cambodia run by PEPY
  • 7. To learn more Twitter: @tunnsey; @worldnomads; @footprintsntwrk; @travelsafety Email: christina.tunnah@worldnomads.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/footprintsnetwork URL: http://footprints.worldnomads.com/ Youtube: Positive Footprints Channel
  • 8. WHYare weHERE
  • 9. Daniela Papi d@pepytours.com pepytours.com educationabroadnetwork.orgvoluntourism101.com lessonsilearned.org
  • 10. HOWmatters
  • 11. Impacton… Travelers Local Non-profit community or partner, the ecosystem issue, or the program
  • 12. Travelers Local Non-profitcommunity or partner, the ecosystem issue, or the program
  • 13. note You can’t know your actual impact unless you follow up, do research, and stay open to learning the realities of the impact you had.
  • 14. What went wrong onthe “voluntourism” trip?
  • 15. EVERYTHINGthat couldhave gonewrong!
  • 16. EVERYTHINGthat could List of things thathave gone possibly go wrongwrong! All of it Bad planning Poor implementat Lies and corruptio An evil guy
  • 17. EVERYTHINGthat could List of things thathave gone possibly go wrongwrong! All of it Bad planning Poor implementat Lies and corruptio An evil guy
  • 18. Poor pre-planning
  • 19. Poor pre-planning
  • 20. Poor pre-planning !! ! !
  • 21. No transparency
  • 22. No transparency$$$
  • 23. No transparency$$$
  • 24. Ineffective project
  • 25. Ineffective project
  • 26. Little to notraveler education
  • 27. Little to notraveler education
  • 28. The WRONG peoplewere let in
  • 29. The WRONG peoplewere let in
  • 30. The WRONG peoplewere let in
  • 31. So… how can we preventthis?
  • 32. Lessons Learned at World Nomads•  Financial transparency not always clear –  Communication w/ volunteer –  Do they fund project costs via tour fees?•  Does $ stay local/ in country or get repatriated?•  Housing, food and safety provisions•  Research thoroughly your partners; a 360
  • 33. Lessons Learned (cont’d)•  Consider duration of trio when working with kids•  Is LOE > than outcomes•  Honesty and integrity are everything•  Upside: faster feedback loop•  Going to the place isn’t only way to leverage travel as a change agent
  • 34. Where Footprints & Volunteerism Intersect•  Partnered w/ non-profit partners that run trips (provide funding through Footprints) –  Seek transformational personal experiences & make a difference fit in with the Footprints vision•  Projects must meet UN’s MDG; operators need to be accountable for outcomes not just tourism experience –  Can be a challenge for operators who dolphin in –  Projects & needs are identified by locals
  • 35. anILLICH break
  • 36. Voluntourism: What’s wrong1)  Band-aid “solutions”2)  Forgetting volunteers are NOT free3)  Focusing on “things” to solve problems4)  Poor monitoring5)  Skilled jobs to the unskilled6)  Forgetting the REST of the trip7)  Fostering moral imperialism
  • 37. 1) Band-aid “solutions”
  • 38. Just Say NO toOrphanage Tourism
  • 39. a. Orphanages are not atourist attraction.
  • 40. b. It’s not a zoo. No, you can’tpet or feed them.
  • 41. c. Ask yourself: Would this beokay if this was happening inmy community?
  • 42. 2) Volunteers are not FREE
  • 43. 3) “Things” aren’t the solution
  • 44. but byinvestingtime inpeople instead
  • 45. people have thecapacity and connectionsto reach theirown goals
  • 46. 4) Poor monitoring can= poor impact
  • 47. 5) Skilled jobs take skills
  • 48. 7) What aboutthe REST of the trip?
  • 49. $ You vote with your moneyRESEARCH: Giving your money
  • 50. Do you want more kidson the street?
  • 51. Poverty voyeurism is voting for poverty.
  • 52. Avoid the long-neck- womenphenomenon.
  • 53. At RESEARCH: Giving yourwe have made many mistakes. money
  • 54. Schools don’t teach kids.
  • 55. Neither do pens,books, or t-shirts.
  • 56. We learned we needed to invest in people to put those things to use.
  • 57. At RESEARCH: Giving yourwe have made many mistakes too. money
  • 58. it’s not how we cansave the world in a week
  • 59. It’s what we can dothe other 358days of the year
  • 60. PEPY Tours is designed to inspirepeople to improve the way theyGIVE, TRAVEL & LIVE after they leave us
  • 61. and, with a two-part fee, the donationrequirement from the tour goes straight toour NGO programs
  • 62. service learningonly looks one way
  • 63. learning service= trips where you are learning toserve AFTER you leave
  • 64. the current situation a), b), and c)
  • 65. A)  Many people are marketing the “developing world” this way
  • 66. Come help him.
  • 67. Only you can help him.
  • 68. A large part of whatpeople “know”about “developing”countries comesfrom fundraisingcampaigns& travel advertising
  • 69. B)Sometimes we createaid projectsjust to let people feelthey are helping.
  • 70. You know, Americans always want topaint things. They want to paintbuildings, so we have a building we letthem paint. Usually we have to repaintthe walls after the Americans leavebecause they don’t do a very goodjob.”-- Remarks from an African leader who felt thatletting visiting Americans paint allowed them tofeel like they accomplished something even thoughit was unnecessary (excerpt from Rethinking Short-Term Missions for Long-Term Impact by MaryFaultds)
  • 71. C)We are selling whatpeople “want”.Or do people wantwhat we are selling?
  • 72. 5 Steps to Creating Successful Learning Service Trips
  • 73. 1# BUILDRELATIONSHIPS!
  • 74. 2# Research
  • 75. 3 #Invest in people
  • 76. 4# Close the feedback loop Follow-up & ask questions
  • 77. Come  support  this   organiza?on!   5 #   HONEST Traveling  with  us  means  you  are   HELPING  THE   WORLD!  MARKETING!!!   Travel  with  us  an     make  a  difference!  Buy  our  trip  and  help  this  orphanage!                                            .     Join  our  SERVICE  trip!  Come  help  them!  
  • 78. OtherRESOURCES to consider
  • 79. www.voluntourism101.com  
  • 80. www.voluntourism101.com  
  • 81. Child Safe
  • 82. Travelers Philanthropy Handbook
  • 83. Thank you!Christina Tunnahtwitter: @tunnseyemail: Christina.Tunnah@worldnomads.comDaniela Papitwitter: @danielapapiemail: d@pepytours.com
  • 84. Photo CreditsPhotos from Flickr@martyn@nebarnix@lara604@mithril@alancleaver@simulacraofmi@press the b[o]tton@claudiasnell@hrdrck@kristabrath@tormods@tamer_shabaneh@beth19@divemasterking2000@jurvetson@looking4poetry@garryknight@sandvandPhotos of PEPY class and schoolPhotographer: Mathieu Young