What to know?

dailytelegraph

5 Traits of a Responsible Volunteer ESL Teaching Program

Teaching ESL abroad gets a bad rap as being an easy way for young college graduates (or gap year students) with little or no other professional qualifications than native fluency in English to score a job abroad. It’s often advertised this way, both in the realm of voluntourism and with paid positions, and as a result people are catching on to the lucrative business that can be made with ESL teaching and learning.

Read more

dailytelegraph

Why there are so many orphanages in Southeast Asia?

This is one of the questions arising after arrival. How is it possible that there are so many orphans? Is it because of the poverty or high death rate? Or are they just more visible than elsewhere? The answer might be very different.

Read more

dailytelegraph

From volunteer travel to disaster relief projects

Hearing about these kinds of relief volunteer opportunities in the Philippines, it’s hard not to get the impression, that the idea of disaster volunteerism share with voluntourism a very similar vision of developmental aid; It gives an illusion, that developmental work is easy, that westerners can be useful in developing countries regardless their personal skills.

Read more

dailytelegraph

Orphanage scam – how to recognize?

Unfortunately with growing number of tourists and volunteers, the number of illegitimate orphanages increases. Before contributing your time and money, watch out for the danger of supporting money-making business.

Read more