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Ethical Travel and Responsible Volunteering

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Ethical Travel and Responsible Volunteering

  1. 1. Backpacking with a Purpose /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// @OGbackpackers OperationGroundswell
  2. 2. In 2006, our founders left home to do their own international volunteering. What did they find?  Africa is not the Africa you see on TV.  Isolating volunteer placements.  Exorbitant prices. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
  3. 3. VOLUNTOURISM is one of the fastest growing trends in tourism and has become a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s a sector fraught with ethical issues but one bursting with opportunity. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
  4. 4. THE OPPORTUNITY  Create safe spaces for cross-cultural dialogue.  Create positive, lasting change in the world.  Give someone a new perspective on their own world.
  5. 5. VOLUNTOURISM’S ROOTS ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////  Peace Corps, established in 1961  Gap years in the UK in the 1990s, early 2000s
  6. 6. CHALLENGES AND ISSUES /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// What’s wrong with voluntourism?
  7. 7. “FAIR” TRADE AND COFFEE FARMING GUATEMALA /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// It can be done respectfully, responsibly and ethically!
  8. 8. A SCHOOL OF MUD AND BRICKS MIDDLE EAST It can be done respectfully, responsibly and ethically!
  9. 9. ETHICAL TRAVEL /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// At the crux of Operation Groundswell’s philosophy is
  10. 10. WE WANT TO: » Experience the world in a genuine way. » Respect the cultures we interact with. » Make a meaningful difference. » Learn from our local peers. » Foster independence. » Grow, evolve, and continue to engage. » All on the cheap.
  11. 11. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Learning service through
  12. 12. VOLUNTEERING Community-led ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
  13. 13. ALUMNI PROJECT FUND It doesn’t stop there. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
  14. 14. HOW DO YOU ASSESS A VOLUNTEER TRAVEL ORGANIZATION? » What do they say you’ll be doing? » What’s the minimum time you can volunteer? » Do they work with partners? If so, how is the relationship structured? » Do they clearly state where the money goes? » Are you going to be learning before serving? » Do they clearly state their values?
  15. 15. THE BACKPACKTIVIST MANIFESTO » Prepared to Change » Full Live Livin’ » Conscientious » Respect » Humility » Solidarity » Group-Focused » Thirst for Learning » Leadership These core values guide us in all that we do:
  16. 16. QUESTIONS? Who has ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
  17. 17. Stay Connected! ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// @OGbackpackers OperationGroundswell www.operationgroundswell.com

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