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Welcome to our resource page about
Responsible Volunteering. Ethical Volunteering. Decolonised volunteering. Solidarity Volunteering.

Finding the perfect volunteering opportunity can be quite confusing. There are loads of volunteer websites that offer all kinds of opportunities worldwide. Some have commercial interests – others have not. Some take community-based, sustainable volunteering seriously – others are more interested in providing the “volunteer” with an interesting “life-changing” experience.
 

Fortunately, the issue of how to go about volunteering in a sustainable, responsible way is increasingly becoming something that more and more people are getting aware of. If you are one of them, you have come to the right place.

 

Responsible volunteering abroad

On this page, you can find articles, news, tips and opinion pieces about different aspects of responsible / sustainable / ethical / decolonised volunteering. 

Do contact us if you have any suggestions for this page! 

Responsible volunteering abroad, ethical volunteering

Commercial Voluntourism has become a massive problem. Untrained and inexperienced
volunteers are often sent into projects that do not necessarily need their support.

Commercial volunteering organisations only focus on keeping their volunteers satisfied
by selling them the feeling of being needed. They cause more harm than good.

~ Project Volunteer Nepal

Welcome to our resource page about
Responsible Volunteering. Ethical Volunteering. Decolonised volunteering. Solidarity Volunteering.

Responsible volunteering abroad is an emerging trend.
Finding the perfect volunteering opportunity can be quite confusing. There are loads of volunteer websites that offer all kinds of opportunities worldwide. Some have commercial interests – others have not. Some take community-based, sustainable volunteering seriously – others are more interested in providing the “volunteer” with an interesting “life-changing” experience.
 

Responsible volunteering abroad

International Volunteering and responsible volunteering abroad.
Fortunately, the issue of how to go about volunteering in a sustainable, responsible way is increasingly becoming something that more and more people are getting aware of. If you are one of them, you have come to the right place.

On this page, you can find articles, news, tips and opinion pieces about different aspects of responsible / sustainable / ethical / decolonised volunteering. 

Do contact us if you have any suggestions for this page! 

Commercial Voluntourism has become a massive problem. Untrained and unexperienced volunteers are often sent into projects that do not necessarily need their support. Commercial volunteering organisations only focus on keeping their volunteers satisfied by selling them the feeling of being needed. They cause more harm than good.

~ Project Volunteer Nepal

More articles on responsible, ethical, sustainable, decolonised volunteering

Preparation is key

Preparation is key

Examining your role as an international volunteer is important. Getting into listening & learning mode requires discussion & specialised training.

Solidarity Activism

Solidarity Activism

What does it mean to be a solidarity activist? Solidarity activism’s essence consists of fighting shoulder to shoulder with others to bring about positive change in the realms of equality, justice and prosperity.

Reflecting & Sharing

Reflecting & Sharing

Reflecting on your experience is an important aspect of any volunteer programme. It is highly valuable not only for you but also for others. What did you learn from reality?

5 Responsible Volunteering Tips

5 Responsible Volunteering Tips

Are you researching how to go about volunteering abroad in a responsible & ethical way? In this post we share some resources that we think could be useful for you – at least we hope so!

Advice from an ex-volunteer

Advice from an ex-volunteer

“Take your time. Prepare yourself. The longer, the better. Be realistic about your skills and use them wisely. And finally: Work with people. Solve problems shoulder to shoulder.”

Sustainability & volunteering

Sustainability & volunteering

Sustainability reflects “the ability to continue a defined behaviour indefinitely”. A development project needs to ensure that all factors involved – environmental, social and economic – are in balance.

Solidarity or Charity?

Solidarity or Charity?

On International Charity Day we ponder the differences between charity and solidarity. Charity, according to the United Nations, plays an important role in bringing about positive change. Is this true?

Voluntourism vs Intl. Volunteering?

Voluntourism vs Intl. Volunteering?

Be realistic and honest about your role, be it as a short-term voluntourist or a longer-term international volunteer. Always put the interests and needs of the community first and before your own.

Be aware of stereotyping

Be aware of stereotyping

As an international volunteer, you need to be aware of your negative stereotypes and implicit biases. You want to avoid unintentional neo-colonial behaviour. Proper training of volunteers is one way of doing it.

Signs of Quality in Intl. Volunteering

Signs of Quality in Intl. Volunteering

Seven Signs of Quality which you can look for when you are trying to determine whether an international volunteer organisation is a transparent, legitimate, quality project provider or not.

Articles on responsible, ethical, sustainable, decolonised volunteering

Preparation is key

Preparation is key

Examining your role as an international volunteer is important. Getting into listening & learning mode requires discussion & specialised training.

Solidarity Activism

Solidarity Activism

What does it mean to be a solidarity activist? Solidarity activism’s essence consists of fighting shoulder to shoulder with others to bring about positive change in the realms of equality, justice and prosperity.

Reflecting & Sharing

Reflecting & Sharing

Reflecting on your experience is an important aspect of any volunteer programme. It is highly valuable not only for you but also for others. What did you learn from reality?

5 Responsible Volunteering Tips

5 Responsible Volunteering Tips

Are you researching how to go about volunteering abroad in a responsible & ethical way? In this post we share some resources that we think could be useful for you – at least we hope so!

Advice from an ex-volunteer

Advice from an ex-volunteer

“Take your time. Prepare yourself. The longer, the better. Be realistic about your skills and use them wisely. And finally: Work with people. Solve problems shoulder to shoulder.”

Sustainability & volunteering

Sustainability & volunteering

Sustainability reflects “the ability to continue a defined behaviour indefinitely”. A development project needs to ensure that all factors involved – environmental, social and economic – are in balance.

Solidarity or Charity?

Solidarity or Charity?

On International Charity Day we ponder the differences between charity and solidarity. Charity, according to the United Nations, plays an important role in bringing about positive change. Is this true?

Voluntourism vs Intl. Volunteering?

Voluntourism vs Intl. Volunteering?

Be realistic and honest about your role, be it as a short-term voluntourist or a longer-term international volunteer. Always put the interests and needs of the community first and before your own.

Be aware of stereotyping

Be aware of stereotyping

As an international volunteer, you need to be aware of your negative stereotypes and implicit biases. You want to avoid unintentional neo-colonial behaviour. Proper training of volunteers is one way of doing it.

Signs of Quality in Intl. Volunteering

Signs of Quality in Intl. Volunteering

Seven Signs of Quality which you can look for when you are trying to determine whether an international volunteer organisation is a transparent, legitimate, quality project provider or not.

Dear visitor


In these precarious times, we stay committed to extending our solidarity and support to marginalised communities who, once again, will bear the brunt of another worldwide crisis.

Right now, we are reassessing how we can do just that. We aim to start new teams in August. The world will need all good forces who are willing and able to do whatever is needed. Let’s unite and get to work as soon as possible.

Stay safe and best wishes!
The Take 10 Volunteer communications and admissions team