That’s right, I’m out of here. I’m taking 8 months off work and I’m going to see parts of the world I’ve never been to before, armed with my camera, pen and pad (ok, iPad). This decision has been a long time coming and to be honest I’m pretty nervous. I don’t know many 33 […]Read More I’m off
Rosie Coleman explains what she’s learnt from her travels and living in different part of Africa over the past year. Check out her previous blog on how travelling helped her with her career. I’ve now lived in Rwanda’s capital Kigali for 5 weeks and I’ve been working and travelling in Africa for nearly a year. […]Read More Guest post: Living in Africa; what’s it really like?
Rosie Coleman explains why she took time off to travel and how it helped her career. Make sure you check out the video about her first three weeks in southern Africa too. I’d never taken a gap year. My travels had been holidays rather than extended periods spent overseas. After graduating from LSE in 2013, […]Read More Guest post: How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next
Rosie Coleman has just returned from her work in Ghana as a Business Associate with Challenges Worldwide. Please do get in touch with her directly if you’d like to discuss future business opportunities either in the UK or overseas. I’d like to thank Rosie for allowing me to share her post and you can read […]Read More Guest post: My three months in Kumasi: what Ghana can teach the UK about innovation and entrepreneurship
Last week I spoke at the excellent ‘A refugee like me‘ conference run by the Wonder Foundation at The Baytree Centre. The two day conference, attended by young people from many countries including the UK, Sweden and Slovenia, was all about opening up discussions about refugees in the UK and practical advice about how to volunteer for […]Read More How to volunteer sensitively and be aware of power dynamics
This post was originally written by myself for the London School of Economics, who have full copyright. See the original post. At LSE we’re incredibly passionate about volunteering and the role that students play in changing the world for the better. Our most recent research shows that almost 50% of our undergraduates volunteer during their time […]Read More Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering
A new documentary from PBS has, once again, highlighted the problem with the institutionalisation of children across the world. The film explores why children, often with living parents, are put in to care centres. It also explains the psychological damage this often does to the children, why orphanages are expensive ways to raise children and how governments […]Read More The Orphan Myth: Keeping Families Together
This post was originally written by Livi Shaw for the London School of Economics, who have full copyright. See the original post. One of the biggest questions rippling through the voluntary sector currently, is whether or not overseas volunteering is a good thing; is it sustainable, is it needed; is it ethical? Maybe these are questions you’re familiar […]Read More Overseas volunteering: what’s the debate about?
Getting experience in a particular field through volunteering can really make your CV and application stand out when applying for roles, and this is especially true in the international development sector. But how can you make sure that you pick the right opportunity for you and then make the most of it when you’ve started […]Read More 5 steps to get the most out of international development volunteering
“In a globalised world where information is so easily accessible young people are becoming more and more aware of the disparities that exist in the world and “voluntourism” is seen as a good way for them to help those who are less fortunate. But without any skills and over shorts period of time how much do you […]Read More Documentary: The Voluntourist
Despite it being almost two years it barely felt like I’d been away when I went through customs at Kotoka Airport in Accra. The same humidity, big queues for immigration and Dan being late to meet me. As always though my experiences in Ghana were huge fun and a lot of work was completed. I’ve […]Read More A Ghanaian Summer – 2015
Volunteering in Ghana has been a big industry for a long time now. But when people think of volunteers in Ghana they often think of people flying from all over the world to work on a number of projects (some good and some not so good). However, over the last couple of years we’ve seen […]Read More Volunteerism in Ghana: Alive and well