About

Intrepid voluntourist

If you’re put off volunteering abroad by the ethical and practical swamp that surrounds it, you’re not alone.

This is voluntourism without the rose-tinted glasses and Instagram filters. The good, the bad, and the really shit bits.

My name’s Corinne. I’m a former office worker who put off travel and volunteering for too long.

Voluntourism is a world of dodgy schemes, ethical dilemmas and crap hostels. I write about it in the hope that other people don’t make the same mistakes as me.

Since I was a gawky teenager I’ve wanted to volunteer abroad, but always had a reason not to: FOMO, home comforts, extortionate fees, the perils of stepping into a moral minefield.

Then in 2015 I finally quit my office job in London and went to the West Bank, Palestine for 12 weeks to help on an education campaign. Then I went to Chile for four months to teach English.

Sometimes it was like

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and at others it was like

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and even

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Despite all that, I’m planning on doing more voluntourism. Done right it’s a great way to see the world while reaching out to other people. I’m still working out what constitutes “done right”, though — that’s what this blog is about.