We have to learn before we can help: Creating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences - NAFSA Conference June 2011
we have to learn before we can helpCreating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences
★ 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"
- 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
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
To learn more Twitter: @tunnsey; @worldnomads; @footprintsntwrk; @travelsafety Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/footprintsnetwork URL: http://footprints.worldnomads.com/ Youtube: Positive Footprints Channel
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
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
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
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
A large part of whatpeople “know”about “developing”countries comesfrom fundraisingcampaigns& travel advertising
B)Sometimes we createaid projectsjust to let people feelthey are helping.
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)
C)We are selling whatpeople “want”.Or do people wantwhat we are selling?
5 Steps to Creating Successful Learning Service Trips
4# Close the feedback loop Follow-up & ask questions
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!
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