1. As you know, we have traveled with a number of these types of organizations as well. I did think most were well-run with good intentions; my biggest beef is that some of them seem to have gotten too big for their britches and have branched out all over the world. I like Unearth’s focus on a small number of countries where they can better get to know the communities they serve.

    • Thanks Lexi! Would you be able to share here in the comments either links to your blog posts or the name of the volunteer organizations you went with? I am hoping to get together a list of ethical volunteer groups and keep it as a page on my blog as a resource. Would love that!

  2. Thank you for tackling an important issue – I am so uncomfortable with many “volunteer vacation” opportunities I see advertised or that people share as experiences, I hope people are careful consumers and research to make sure that if they want a volunteer experience they should do their homework. Unearth the World looks like they are doing things right.

  3. Very interesting. I’ve never given much thought to the ethics of volunteer organizations as the experience I’ve had has been very positive.

  4. It’s great to see that someone has tackled these problems in the volunteer abroad “industry.” Some of these organizations create bad relationships instead of good, and it’s interesting that they are unaware or don’t care because they are about making money. Your article presents much valuable information and suggestions – as with so many things, people need to do the homework!

    • Yes so true Marilyn! I love what Unearth the World is doing. There are a few more organizations with similar viewpoints and I plan to highlight them all in my blog.

  5. Di

    Hello Nicole,
    This is awesome!
    Thank you so much for bringing this organization to light here. I had no idea volunteering abroad was such a hit and miss business.
    When the time comes, I’ll be sure to check in with this wonderful couple and their new well needed venture.
    Thank you again for this great post 🌟💐

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  7. Hello !
    Great job! I want to volunteer in many organisations but I had no idea where to start with. Thanks for your information through the blog. Want info about other organisations too.

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