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BACKPACKING WITH A PURPOSE:
PAVING THE WAY FOR ETHICAL
TRAVEL & RESPONSIBLE
VOLUNTEERING
VOLUNTOURISM
is the fastest growing trend in global tourism and has
become a multi-billion dollar industry annually. It is...
CHALLENGES AND ISSUES
• Perpetuating systems of oppression and exploitation
CHALLENGES AND ISSUES
• Imposing Western ideals instead of listening to local
needs
• Unskilled and untrained volunteers
CHALLENGES AND ISSUES
• Perpetuates stereotypes of dependency
CHALLENGES AND ISSUES
THE OPPORTUNITY
• Creating space for deeper and meaningful cultural exchange
• Gaining a new perspective of yourself and o...
SO WHAT DOES ETHICAL AND RESPONSIBLE
VOLUNTEER TRAVEL LOOK LIKE?
REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
Before anything else, set
COMMUNITY-REQUESTED
VOLUNTEERING
Find partnerships for
“Solidarity implies a willingness to confront the
causes and conditions of suffering that persist in
destroying dignity, a...
LEARNING BEFORE SERVING
Seek context by
CULTURAL IMMERSION
Dive deep into
“I’ve always felt that it is impossible to engage
properly with a place or a person without engaging
with all the stories ...
THE REAL JOURNEY BEGINS
WHEN YOU RETURN HOME
It doesn’t stop there.
HOW DO YOU ASSESS A VOLUNTEER
TRAVEL ORGANIZATION?
• What do they say you’ll be doing?
• What’s the minimum time you can v...
LET’S CONNECT!
www.operationgroundswell.com
justine@operationgroundswell.com
Backpacking with a Purpose: Voluntourism Workshop for INKspire
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Backpacking with a Purpose: Voluntourism Workshop for INKspire

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A rundown of the ethical pitfalls and opportunities of the voluntourism industry.

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Backpacking with a Purpose: Voluntourism Workshop for INKspire

  1. 1. BACKPACKING WITH A PURPOSE: PAVING THE WAY FOR ETHICAL TRAVEL & RESPONSIBLE VOLUNTEERING
  2. 2. VOLUNTOURISM is the fastest growing trend in global tourism and has become a multi-billion dollar industry annually. It is a sector fraught with ethical issues but also bursting with opportunity.
  3. 3. CHALLENGES AND ISSUES • Perpetuating systems of oppression and exploitation
  4. 4. CHALLENGES AND ISSUES • Imposing Western ideals instead of listening to local needs
  5. 5. • Unskilled and untrained volunteers CHALLENGES AND ISSUES
  6. 6. • Perpetuates stereotypes of dependency CHALLENGES AND ISSUES
  7. 7. THE OPPORTUNITY • Creating space for deeper and meaningful cultural exchange • Gaining a new perspective of yourself and of the world • Creating positive social change through a process
  8. 8. SO WHAT DOES ETHICAL AND RESPONSIBLE VOLUNTEER TRAVEL LOOK LIKE?
  9. 9. REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Before anything else, set
  10. 10. COMMUNITY-REQUESTED VOLUNTEERING Find partnerships for
  11. 11. “Solidarity implies a willingness to confront the causes and conditions of suffering that persist in destroying dignity, and to demand a minimum respect for human life. Solidarity also means recognizing the dignity and autonomy of others, and asserting the right of others to make choices about their own destiny." - James Orbinski
  12. 12. LEARNING BEFORE SERVING Seek context by
  13. 13. CULTURAL IMMERSION Dive deep into
  14. 14. “I’ve always felt that it is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all the stories of that place and that person. The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of their dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.” - Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
  15. 15. THE REAL JOURNEY BEGINS WHEN YOU RETURN HOME It doesn’t stop there.
  16. 16. 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?
  17. 17. LET’S CONNECT! www.operationgroundswell.com justine@operationgroundswell.com

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