This is a great booklet that was just released by the Centre for Responsible Tourism, with so many volunteers coming back from their trips wanting to give back it seems only right for voluntourism operators to offer this or something similar.
What does your organization do to encourage responsible giving?
Dos and Don’ts of Travel Giving
Travelers’ desire to help, interact, and learn from those they meet during their holiday is clearly positive. However, there are sometimes unintended consequences from these good intentions.
Misguided contributions can perpetuate cycles of dependency, cause corruption, burden communities with unwanted or inappropriate donations, and require recipients to spend time and resources to handle ‘gifts’ they didn’t request or cannot use. As part of our Travelers’ Philanthropy program, the Center for Responsible Travel asked a dozen experienced tour operators and tourism organizations who are engaged in supporting local community projects how they respond to some of the most frequently asked questions and suggestions from travelers about ‘giving’ while on holiday.
Though they sometimes expressed differing views, overall they agree that when, how, and what to contribute needs to be decided by the host community, not the tourist or the tourism company.
To read the full excerpt and CRT’s takeaways visit: