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HOW DID IT ALL START?
In 2005 a group of friends cycled

across Cambodia to raise money to
build a school…
BUILDING SCHOOLS...
...NOT THE ANSWER
But we realized, we
needed to start investing
time in people and not
‘things’….
VOLUNTEERING ADVENTURES
We connected hundreds
of eager volunteers with
projects in Cambodia to

provide education to
rural...
NGO OR TOUR OPERATOR?
BOTH!
A LOT HAS CHANGED...
We realized it was we
who must learn before
we can help.
Shift in focus from short
term volunteering ...
LEARNING ADVENTURES
Mission: to improve the world
and to convince others of their
power to do the same.
We offer life-chan...
LONG TERM SOLUTIONS
All PEPY Tours trips
include a compulsory
fundraising element, to
pump money into
community projects w...
WHAT WENT WRONG WITH
VOLUNTEER TRAVEL?
• Band aid ‘solutions’
• Forgetting that volunteers

are not free
• Focusing on thi...
LESSON 1
Schools don’t teach kids.
People do.
LESSON 2
It’s
the
the
the

not how we can save
world in a week. It’s
other 358 days of
year.
TESTIMONIALS
“PEPY Tours not only shared the beauty, history, and culture of Cambodia,
but they helped fill a major gap in...
ANY QUESTIONS?
Amy McLoughlin
Communications and

Fundraising Manager
amy@pepycambodia.org
• http://learningservice.info/
...
Voluntourism – Are The Extra Hands Helping? by Amy McLoughlin of Pepy Tours
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Voluntourism – Are The Extra Hands Helping? by Amy McLoughlin of Pepy Tours

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Voluntourism is a growing travel sector and with it comes the pros and cons of volunteering abroad. For the volunteer, it can be a travel and learning experience, a new way of seeing the world while giving back, but for the local communities it may be disruptive, intrusive to local cultures and traditions or its benefits short lived. How effective and sustainable are voluntourism programs?

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Voluntourism – Are The Extra Hands Helping? by Amy McLoughlin of Pepy Tours

  1. 1. HOW DID IT ALL START? In 2005 a group of friends cycled across Cambodia to raise money to build a school…
  2. 2. BUILDING SCHOOLS... ...NOT THE ANSWER But we realized, we needed to start investing time in people and not ‘things’….
  3. 3. VOLUNTEERING ADVENTURES We connected hundreds of eager volunteers with projects in Cambodia to provide education to rural students…
  4. 4. NGO OR TOUR OPERATOR? BOTH!
  5. 5. A LOT HAS CHANGED... We realized it was we who must learn before we can help. Shift in focus from short term volunteering to long term learning.
  6. 6. LEARNING ADVENTURES Mission: to improve the world and to convince others of their power to do the same. We offer life-changing learning adventures; introducing concepts and people we think are amazing examples of how we can all be the change we want to see in the world.
  7. 7. LONG TERM SOLUTIONS All PEPY Tours trips include a compulsory fundraising element, to pump money into community projects we know are making a difference.
  8. 8. WHAT WENT WRONG WITH VOLUNTEER TRAVEL? • Band aid ‘solutions’ • Forgetting that volunteers are not free • Focusing on things to solve problems • Poor monitoring • Skilled jobs for the unskilled • Fostering moral imperialism
  9. 9. LESSON 1 Schools don’t teach kids. People do.
  10. 10. LESSON 2 It’s the the the not how we can save world in a week. It’s other 358 days of year.
  11. 11. TESTIMONIALS “PEPY Tours not only shared the beauty, history, and culture of Cambodia, but they helped fill a major gap in our understanding of the impact we make, the need to learn responsible service, and the importance of education and empowerment. It was a remarkable journey for me and my students and I couldn’t recommend anyone a better experience or a better team with which to share the journey” - Kendra Campbell, Director of First Year Experience, West Texas AM University
  12. 12. ANY QUESTIONS? Amy McLoughlin Communications and Fundraising Manager amy@pepycambodia.org • http://learningservice.info/ • http://www.pepytours.com/ • http://pepycambodia.org/

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