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#StopOrphanTrips: How will volunteer tourism organisations respond?

In 2013, I completed a Masters in Responsible Tourism Management with a thesis on the online marketing of volunteer tourism. I questioned, when faced with the hundreds, if not thousands, of opportunities, can a potential volunteer tell from a website … Continue reading

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How To Make Smarter Choices for Volunteer Tourism

Make SMARTER Choices By Victoria Smith: This post is part of my contribution to Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, a free guide to impactful adventures. Continue reading

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Adventures Less Ordinary: Distinguishing Responsible from Greenwashing

This post is part of my contribution to Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, a free guide to impactful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, … Continue reading

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“Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good” New Ebook

I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to a new book, “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good“, edited by Ethan Gelber. I am honoured to be counted amongst the “expertise of leading voices advocating for … Continue reading

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Can We Mend Not End Voluntourism?

In September, Outbounding launched this fantastic “Can we Mend Not End Voluntourism?” forum debate. There’s an awful lot of information in the 100+ comments and it’s a little tricky to follow chronologically now as the comments are ordered by their … Continue reading

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Tourism Concern Conference October 2014

Tourism Concern kindly invited me to present at their recent conference on Volunteer Tourism. It was a great day, meeting tour operators, NGOs and potential volunteers and discussing the positives – and all too often sadly still negatives – and … Continue reading

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Press Coverage of my Study, ‘Volunteer tourism, greenwashing and understanding responsible marketing’

Further to the publication of my study ‘Volunteer tourism, greenwashing and understanding responsible marketing using market signalling theory‘ in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, the following press coverage and articles were prompted: 10 February, 2014. Tourism Concern Newsletter + Article: … Continue reading

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