Posts categorized under Voluntourism

15 May 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Beyond Good Intentions

Have you seen this website? is the best site I have seen recently which takes the issues of development and tourism and makes them digestible for everyone to easily think about. LOVE it! After watching the volunteer travel one, I of course felt the need to comment, and did here,45 (copied below) Happy watching!

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14 May 2009 ~ 0 Comments

More of my thoughts on “Voluntourism”

I read this piece today on volunteering in Cambodia and added some comments about voluntourism in the area. The comments are “awaiting moderation” so in the meantime, they are posted below. — For those people looking to give back when they travel to Cambodia, there is also the possibility to “voluntourism”, typical designed as more […]

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20 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

A Trip to Cambodia: From the U.A.E. to Chanleas Dai

Last week we had a group of students travel to Cambodia with us from the U.A.E. They are all students at a top women’s university which has branches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. As we prepared for their arrival, many gave us advice to prepare easier work for the girls, less exposed transportation, and be […]

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21 March 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Thoughts on voluntourism and “fair trade”

I added some thoughts to the comments on this article:… There is a film by Daniela Kon called “Changing the World on Vacation” which explores these issues. The website is where you can view the 16 minute selects reel. The film highlights the organization I run, called PEPY, and many of the mistakes and […]

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03 March 2009 ~ 1 Comment

“Changing the World on Vacation” – a film highlighting PEPY’s mistakes and lessons learned

It is sometimes uncomfortable to talk openly about the mistakes you have made, and definitely embarrassing when they are shown on a big screen for everyone to see, but that is exactly what we are doing at PEPY with “Changing the World on Vacation.” This documentary, by filmmaker Daniela Kon of Deeda Productions (, reflects […]

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21 February 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Assessing Volunteer Tourism (Voluntourism) and Traveler Philanthropy

I recently read a blog, one of many, which was striving to analyze how positive “voluntourism” can be. The questions tend to revolve around one core question, “If volunteers are unskilled or getting involved in unnecessary or low priority work, and they themselves are getting a lot out of the experience, are they really doing good?” […]

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04 February 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously?

“Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously, “ he said. My co-worker was referring to a heated debate in our office about volunteer tourism or “voluntourism”, and how to do it “right.” Living in Cambodia where the major cities have more “orphanages” sprouting up on each corner than you can keep track of, anything involving tourism, […]

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