Publisher: Red Press Ltd

Want to help? First you must be willing to learn.

This year, over ten million people will go abroad, eager to find the perfect blend of adventure and altruism. Volunteer travel can help you find your place in the world—and find out what you’re made of.  So why do so many international volunteer programs fail to make an impact? Why do some do more harm than good? 

Learning Service offers a powerful new approach that invites volunteers to learn from host communities before trying to 'help' them. It's also a thoughtful critique of the sinister side of volunteer travel; a guide for turning good intentions into effective results; and essential advice on how to make the most of your experience.

This book is for volunteers and educators alike. If you’re wondering if volunteer travel is right for you; if you’re getting on the plane tomorrow; or if you’re trying to adjust to life as a returned volunteer—this is the book you need in your bag. 

About Claire Bennett

Claire Bennett owns a training company in Nepal, works for US-based global citizenship education company Where There Be Dragons and freelances as a development education consultant.

About Zahara Heckscher

Zahara Heckscher lived a life dedicated to social justice, tirelessly campaigning on a wide range of social issues from ending apartheid in South Africa to ensuring cancer patients in the US have access to life-saving medicines.

About Joseph Joseph Collins

Joe’s teenage experiences volunteering in Latin America and the Philippines led to a lifetime of learning, writing, and lecturing about the impact of US policies on the lives of the world’s impoverished majority. He is co-founder of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First); a Guggenheim Fellow recognized for his work on issues of inequitable development; and a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz. His books include Food First, World Hunger: 10 Myths, Chile’s Free-Market Miracle: A Second Look, No Free Lunch, Philippines: Fire on the Rim, and Aid As Obstacle. Collins has been a consultant in Africa, Asia and Latin America to UN and international non-governmental organizations. He lives and surfs in Santa Cruz, California.

About Daniela Papi-Thornton

Daniela Papi-Thornton’s interest in volunteer travel began with her work in Cambodia as the founder of PEPY Tours, and she became an international advocate for a learning-first approach to the volunteering movement.


Binding EAN ISBN-10 Pub Date PAGES Language Size Price
E-Book 9781912157075 1912157071 2018-09-04 0 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00 in $9.99
Paperback 9781912157068 1912157063 2018-09-04 384 0.00 x 5.90 x 8.80 in $19.99




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