Posts categorized under Voluntourism

13 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Tips for would be voluntourists

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) has a website called and they recently interviewed me about voluntourism.  They asked questions about PEPY and about the benefits and risks of volunteer travel.  Read up here or below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts! – Considering Voluntour-ing? Tips for Travelers – Daniela Ruby Papi, PEPY Tours 12 NOVEMBER 2009 […]

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04 November 2009 ~ 4 Comments

How long should an ideal “voluntourism” trip be?

I think that question is impossible to answer…. yet many people have asked me that or shared their answers with me.  Once again, I think the question is coming at this from the wrong angle.  WHO CARES how long the trip is, it is how the trip is designed that matters! A two week teaching […]

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14 October 2009 ~ 6 Comments

Questions for Your Voluntourism Operator

I wrote a guest blog post for Canada’s adventure couple, Dave and Deb about voluntourism, why I work, in part, in this field, and some ideas for how we can improve what we do. For those who don’t have time to read the whole post, here are the five key areas I would consider when […]

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12 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Should volunteering abroad get you a tax deduction?

I added my thoughts to this on-going  debate here, on voluntourismgal’s blog: What do YOU think?!  Add your thoughts too!

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23 September 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Travel Operators & Development Work

Most of us who criticize, publicize, support, or question “voluntourism” follow that word on google alerts, and so we were all alerted when Abercrombie & Kent (a high-end tour operator) announced their philanthropy tours.  Alexia, aka Voluntourism Gal, put up a post about this topic which sparked a lot of discussion and asked for my […]

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04 September 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Post-Volun-Travel Life Changes

In response to the Worldchanging article which highlighted a previous post I had written about my thoughts on Voluntourism, added these comments: Tourism itself is causing a lot of the problems I see growing in Cambodia. Unfortunately putting the complete breaks on tourism would probably be similar to trying to stop a run away train […]

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02 September 2009 ~ 10 Comments


Enough stamping our feet about what isn’t working in voluntourism! This site was an idea for something we needed when we were searching for resources on how to improve our volunteer travel offerings at PEPY Tours. We knew that we couldn’t be  our own auditor and needed an outside resource or body to help us […]

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