Research papers

The idea of responsible and aware volunteering contines to grow – more and more organizations and media question the real impact on voluntourism. Check out the research papers related to the movement.


ATTA Survey on Voluntourism

Adventure Travel Trade Association 2012

Voluntourism as emerging tourism niche and a reply for customer’s trends – interesting results of survey on voluntourism showing the tour operator’s perspective.

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Misguided kindness: Making the right decisions for children in emergencies

Save the Children 2010

Again and again, girls and boys are ‘rescued’ out of affected areas into orphanages or adopted into new families elsewhere in the belief that they will be better cared for away from their devastated homes. Above all, this report urges people to take action to make sure that their assistance is channelled towards interventions that help children in emergencies rather than potentially cause them harm.

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International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) 2012

With the support of the Planeterra Foundation, the International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators have been developed by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and an international advisory committee. The goal of this project is to develop a practical tool that will help international voluntourism providers plan and manage their programs in a responsible and sustainable manner.

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Voluntourism Guidelines Survey Summary Report

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) 2011


This report has been compiled and edited by Ashley Armstrong, Megan Epler Wood, Ayako Ezaki and Kelly Galaski, with guidance from the International Advisory Committee members, as part of the International Voluntourism Guidelines project.


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With the Best Intentions: A Study of Attitudes Towards Residential Care in Cambodia 2011

Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs 2011

This report published by the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilition, with techncial expertise provided by UNICEF, explores the attitudes and beliefs that are contributing to the increase in residential care facilities across the country.

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United Nations General Assembly Resolution 64/142: Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

United Nations General Assembly 2010

The present Guidelines are intended to enhance the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of relevant provisions of other international instruments regarding the protection and well-being of children who are deprived of parental care or who are at risk of being so.

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Keeping Children Out of Harmful Institutions: Why we should be investing in family-based care

Save the Children 2009

Poverty, disease, disability, conflict, disasters and discrimination are resulting in children beingseparated from their families and placed in orphanages and so-called homes. This is stillhappening, even though we know that manyinstitutions have an appalling record of abuse and neglect. One of the biggest myths is that children in orphanages are there because they have no parents. This is not the case. Most are there because their parents simply can’t afford to feed, clothe and educate them.

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