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Volunteer Travel: How It Can Go Wrong, How to Get It Right

November 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm EST

In a recent survey, members identified volunteer travel as one of their top interests, so we are bringing you the woman who literally wrote the book on the subject! Claire Bennett is co-author of Learning Service: The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad and co-founder of LearningService.Info, an information portal for potential volunteers.

In this one-hour session, Claire will share stories of how volunteer travel can go wrong and sometimes harm those it is trying to help. She'll also give us an overview of recent developments in the field of voluntourism and the challenges and opportunities presented by them. And most interesting of all, she will introduce a new concept, “learning service,” as a more ethical and impactful model of travel and contributing to the world. As always, there will be lots of time for your questions to be answered.

About Our Speaker

Claire Bennett first volunteered overseas as a teenager in Nepal, which is now her home. Driven by an insatiable desire to change the world, she helped to found a rural development organization, PHASE Worldwide. Confronted with the complexities of the aid world and the harm done by irresponsible voluntourism, Claire shifted her focus towards advocating for an ethical approach to international volunteering. These days Claire works freelance, leading study abroad programs, running training courses and doing consultancy in the development and responsible travel sectors.

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Join Us Wednesday, November 9th @ 7:00 pm ET

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