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 ...
How	  &	  why	  it	  works	  
-  Registered non-profit   organisation-  Work with 3rd party   charities, grassrootss and   NGOs-  Source locally support...
• $1,106,567• 432,040 donations• 66 projects funded
12,821 donations from people in 18 countries raised $31,548 for to fund a Water & SanitationprojectIn Timor-Leste run by W...
To learn more     Twitter: @tunnsey; @worldnomads;       @footprintsntwrk; @travelsafety  Email: christina.tunnah@worldnom...
WHYare weHERE
Daniela Papi   d@pepytours.com       pepytours.com educationabroadnetwork.orgvoluntourism101.com lessonsilearned.org
HOWmatters
Impacton…           Travelers      Local      Non-profit   community or partner, the    ecosystem   issue, or the         ...
Travelers   Local      Non-profitcommunity or partner, the ecosystem   issue, or the               program
note   You can’t know your       actual impact unless you       follow up, do research,       and stay open to       learn...
What went wrong onthe “voluntourism” trip?
EVERYTHINGthat couldhave gonewrong!
EVERYTHINGthat could   List of things thathave gone    possibly go wrongwrong!               All of it               Bad p...
EVERYTHINGthat could   List of things thathave gone    possibly go wrongwrong!               All of it               Bad p...
Poor pre-planning
Poor pre-planning
Poor pre-planning     !!      ! !
No transparency
No transparency$$$
No transparency$$$
Ineffective project
Ineffective project
Little to notraveler education
Little to notraveler education
The WRONG peoplewere let in
The WRONG peoplewere let in
The WRONG peoplewere let in
So… how can we preventthis?
Lessons Learned at World Nomads•  Financial transparency not always   clear  –  Communication w/ volunteer  –  Do they fun...
Lessons Learned (cont’d)•  Consider duration of trio when   working with kids•  Is LOE > than outcomes•  Honesty and integ...
Where Footprints & Volunteerism             Intersect•  Partnered w/ non-profit partners that   run trips (provide funding...
anILLICH break
Voluntourism: What’s wrong1)    Band-aid “solutions”2)    Forgetting volunteers are NOT free3)    Focusing on “things” to ...
1) Band-aid “solutions”
Just Say NO toOrphanage Tourism
a. Orphanages are not atourist attraction.
b. It’s not a zoo. No, you can’tpet or feed them.
c. Ask yourself: Would this beokay if this was happening inmy community?
2) Volunteers are not FREE
3) “Things” aren’t   the solution
but byinvestingtime inpeople  instead
people  have thecapacity and connectionsto reach theirown goals
4) Poor monitoring can= poor impact
5) Skilled jobs take        skills
7) What aboutthe REST of the     trip?
$     You vote with      your moneyRESEARCH: Giving your       money
Do you want more kidson the street?
Poverty voyeurism is voting for poverty.
Avoid the  long-neck-     womenphenomenon.
At  RESEARCH: Giving yourwe have made many mistakes.              money
Schools don’t teach kids.
Neither do pens,books, or t-shirts.
We learned we needed to invest in people to put   those things to use.
At  RESEARCH: Giving yourwe have made many mistakes too.              money
it’s not how we cansave the world in a week
It’s what we can dothe other 358days of the   year
PEPY Tours is designed to inspirepeople to improve the way theyGIVE, TRAVEL & LIVE                        after they leave...
and, with a two-part fee, the donationrequirement from the tour goes straight toour NGO programs
service learningonly looks one way
learning service= trips where you are learning toserve AFTER you leave
the current situation   a), b), and c)
A)  Many people are marketing the    “developing world” this way
Come help him.
Only you can help him.
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. Usual...
C)We are selling whatpeople “want”.Or do people wantwhat we are selling?
5   Steps to Creating    Successful    Learning Service    Trips
1#        BUILDRELATIONSHIPS!
2#        Research
3  #Invest in  people
4#        Close the        feedback loop    Follow-up & ask questions
Come	  support	  this	                                                                                                    ...
OtherRESOURCES to consider
www.voluntourism101.com	  
www.voluntourism101.com	  
Child Safe
Travelers Philanthropy      Handbook
Thank you!Christina Tunnahtwitter: @tunnseyemail: Christina.Tunnah@worldnomads.comDaniela Papitwitter: @danielapapiemail: ...
Photo CreditsPhotos from Flickr@martyn@nebarnix@lara604@mithril@alancleaver@simulacraofmi@press the b[o]tton@claudiasnell@...
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 help: Creating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences - NAFSA Conference June 2011
We have to learn before we can help: Creating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences - NAFSA Conference June 2011
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  1. 1. we have to learn before we can helpCreating Responsible Traveler’s Philanthropy Experiences
  2. 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. 3. How  &  why  it  works  
  4. 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. 5. • $1,106,567• 432,040 donations• 66 projects funded
  6. 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. 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. 8. WHYare weHERE
  9. 9. Daniela Papi d@pepytours.com pepytours.com educationabroadnetwork.orgvoluntourism101.com lessonsilearned.org
  10. 10. HOWmatters
  11. 11. Impacton… Travelers Local Non-profit community or partner, the ecosystem issue, or the program
  12. 12. Travelers Local Non-profitcommunity or partner, the ecosystem issue, or the program
  13. 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. 14. What went wrong onthe “voluntourism” trip?
  15. 15. EVERYTHINGthat couldhave gonewrong!
  16. 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. 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. 18. Poor pre-planning
  19. 19. Poor pre-planning
  20. 20. Poor pre-planning !! ! !
  21. 21. No transparency
  22. 22. No transparency$$$
  23. 23. No transparency$$$
  24. 24. Ineffective project
  25. 25. Ineffective project
  26. 26. Little to notraveler education
  27. 27. Little to notraveler education
  28. 28. The WRONG peoplewere let in
  29. 29. The WRONG peoplewere let in
  30. 30. The WRONG peoplewere let in
  31. 31. So… how can we preventthis?
  32. 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. 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. 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. 35. anILLICH break
  36. 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. 37. 1) Band-aid “solutions”
  38. 38. Just Say NO toOrphanage Tourism
  39. 39. a. Orphanages are not atourist attraction.
  40. 40. b. It’s not a zoo. No, you can’tpet or feed them.
  41. 41. c. Ask yourself: Would this beokay if this was happening inmy community?
  42. 42. 2) Volunteers are not FREE
  43. 43. 3) “Things” aren’t the solution
  44. 44. but byinvestingtime inpeople instead
  45. 45. people have thecapacity and connectionsto reach theirown goals
  46. 46. 4) Poor monitoring can= poor impact
  47. 47. 5) Skilled jobs take skills
  48. 48. 7) What aboutthe REST of the trip?
  49. 49. $ You vote with your moneyRESEARCH: Giving your money
  50. 50. Do you want more kidson the street?
  51. 51. Poverty voyeurism is voting for poverty.
  52. 52. Avoid the long-neck- womenphenomenon.
  53. 53. At RESEARCH: Giving yourwe have made many mistakes. money
  54. 54. Schools don’t teach kids.
  55. 55. Neither do pens,books, or t-shirts.
  56. 56. We learned we needed to invest in people to put those things to use.
  57. 57. At RESEARCH: Giving yourwe have made many mistakes too. money
  58. 58. it’s not how we cansave the world in a week
  59. 59. It’s what we can dothe other 358days of the year
  60. 60. PEPY Tours is designed to inspirepeople to improve the way theyGIVE, TRAVEL & LIVE after they leave us
  61. 61. and, with a two-part fee, the donationrequirement from the tour goes straight toour NGO programs
  62. 62. service learningonly looks one way
  63. 63. learning service= trips where you are learning toserve AFTER you leave
  64. 64. the current situation a), b), and c)
  65. 65. A)  Many people are marketing the “developing world” this way
  66. 66. Come help him.
  67. 67. Only you can help him.
  68. 68. A large part of whatpeople “know”about “developing”countries comesfrom fundraisingcampaigns& travel advertising
  69. 69. B)Sometimes we createaid projectsjust to let people feelthey are helping.
  70. 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. 71. C)We are selling whatpeople “want”.Or do people wantwhat we are selling?
  72. 72. 5 Steps to Creating Successful Learning Service Trips
  73. 73. 1# BUILDRELATIONSHIPS!
  74. 74. 2# Research
  75. 75. 3 #Invest in people
  76. 76. 4# Close the feedback loop Follow-up & ask questions
  77. 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. 78. OtherRESOURCES to consider
  79. 79. www.voluntourism101.com  
  80. 80. www.voluntourism101.com  
  81. 81. Child Safe
  82. 82. Travelers Philanthropy Handbook
  83. 83. Thank you!Christina Tunnahtwitter: @tunnseyemail: Christina.Tunnah@worldnomads.comDaniela Papitwitter: @danielapapiemail: d@pepytours.com
  84. 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

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