Things to know about volunteering

Want to travel and volunteer at the same time? Read this…

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Last week I headed off to talk to Stef, Mark and Zahra on #TheTicket on Dubai Eye 103.8 for my regular monthly segment, Word Travel, where I touch on a travel-related article that I like that month. While the piece I chose (you can read it here) wasn’t about beautiful beaches, azure waters and exotic adventures (not directly, anyway), it touched on something that seems to be on trend at the moment: travelling and volunteering at the same time, aka voluntourism.

While many organisations do of course do amazing and valuable charitable work, there are some companies that are profiting from others’ poverty and misfortune. If you’re planning on seeing the world and helping others, it’s advised that you do your research  to make sure the company arranging the volunteer work is reputable.

Here’s to helping the world in an informed, positive way. Safe travels!