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Voluntourism Replaces Cruises as Top Vacation

By  September 10, 2012

$25 off flights and what's wrong with voluntourism: the latest news in work, study and volunteer abroad.

Volunteer Abroad News

• Voluntourism is on its way to replacing cruises as a top vacation activity.

Malaysia is working to develop its voluntourism sector.

Work Abroad News

In the United Kingdom, applications to post-secondary are dropping—while applications to work abroad in Australia are increasing. Coincidence? We think not.

• Brit expats are fighting the rising costs of working abroad. Amongst the most expensive countries? Kuwait.

• Bahrain launched its first expat coalition.

• The top 10 concerns of expats living abroad include re-establishing a social life and language barriers.

In Bulgaria, more than 37 per cent of citizens are looking to work abroad—but few have plans of returning to their home country.

Study Abroad News

• The number of Chinese students studying abroad has increased by 20 per cent over the last three years.

• Students from India are being aggressively courted by post-secondary institutions abroad—including Canada.

• As fewer students head to the United States to study abroad, American universities are hoping to attract Brazilian students.

• Planning on studying abroad next semester? Start thinking about your banking arrangements now.

Required Reading

• This isn’t a must-read—it’s a must-watch. Daniela Papi talks about what’s wrong with the volunteer abroad sector. Don’t have time to watch the talk? Then read this great piece on why we need less “voluntourism” and more “eductourism.”

“I ditched my office job to welcome expats to Madrid.” 


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Jessica Lockhart

Contributing Editor

Although Jessica has travelled to more than 30 countries, her favorite place to throw down her bag is still her hometown of Cold Lake, Alberta. A freelance journalist, Jess has worked for international development organizations and tour operators. She’s conducted workshops in Vanuatu, perfected the use of a satellite phone in the jungles of Guyana and supervised teenage pool parties in the Dominican Republic. Although she's based in Toronto, Jess works remotely from all around the world.

Website: www.jesslockhart.com

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