Projects - write an essay about voluntourism

Malc Prentice

north dakota


Do you want to volunteer?

Why? Where? When? Who with? Doing what?


Listen: (link)

Take notes, Cornell style.

After the lecture, finish up your notes (Keywords and summary)

Quiz for listening

0) The speaker built a school in Cambodia. Why didn't it work?

1) Daniela mentions three mistakes people can make when doing volunteer travel. Why is each bad?

2) What is "learning service" as opposed to "service learning"?

("We have to ------ before we can ------")

"Get ------, get ------, and then go home...improve how you ------, how you ------, and how you ------."

3) She mentions 3 reasons volunteers don't volunteer again - three "overloads". What are the three?

4) What activities does she mention for a learning-service "development education tour"?

5) To encourage this, what does she recommend parents and teachers do?


In teams, read and do ONE COMBINED outline for all readings

Team A

News: Cambodia orphans (500 words)
PEPY: Our Story (350 words)
PEPY: Tips & Tricks p1-8 (~1000 words) In Materials Folder

Team B

News Story: The white tourists's burden. 1000 words
PEPY: Tips & Tricks p 1-4 + 9-14 ~1000 words In Materials Folder

Bonus reading

Optional. If you have time, take a look at the UN report about orphange tourism mentioned in the TED talk: (link)

Essay project

You are going to critically analyse a volunteer opportunity.

1) Download the examples and templates

("Olancho aid") and the "Criteria-Analysis (sectional)" template

2) Read them

3) Choose ONE volunteer organisation to analyse. For ideas, try:

4) Choose three important criteria

WHat do you need to check before choosing a volunteer opportunity of the kind you have chosen.

5) Start research on your organisation.

6) Start putting your research into the template outline

7) In class, present on your three criteria and your organisation.


Some phrases for anlaysis

ANALYSIS DETAILS ARE PAST TENSE RESEARCH FINDINGS ("I found out that they do not show financial info")


  1. INTRO
    1. GB/SB
      1. e.g. Many students want to help others/ one way is volunteer
      2. e.g. Many students want to volunteer / most want to go to a developing country
      3. If possible, cite a number (how many volunteer, volunteer circles)
    2. IB: Not all volunteer experiences good / some can make things worse (cite)
    3. THESIS
      1. FOr presentation start "As such, today I will"
      2. For essay, start "This essay "
      3. Finish "outline three criteria for choosing a good volunteer organisation, then describe and analyse one organisation using those criteria
  2. Criteria section (3 slides/paragraphs)
    1. Criterion 1
      1. Section thesis ("The three most important criteria for choosing a good voluteer organisation are 1, 2, and 3")
      2. Paragraph topic (aka slide title): "The first...")
      3. 2-3 points ("One way to check this is....Another way....A third way" OR "The way to check this is to....Specifically...For example, one example of success/failure is..." OR "In order to check this, begin by X...thenY....and after that try Z")
      4. optional summary
    2. Criterion 2
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
      2. 2-3 points
      3. optional summary
    3. Criterion 3
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
      2. 2-3 points
      3. optional summary
  3. Analysis section (4 slides/paragraphs)
    1. Description
      1. Section thesis
      2. description points
      3. link to next paragraph (because genre changes - other paragraphs do not need a link)
    2. Analysis 1
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
      2. 2-3 points ("In terms of the first criterion – sustainability – it was found that this organisation is (not) likely to be a good volunteer expereince becauseX, Y, and Z.")
      3. optional summary (aka slide title)
    3. Analysis 2
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
      2. 2-3 points
      3. optional summary
    4. Analysis 3
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
      2. 2-3 points
      3. optional summary
  4. Discussion
    1. Topic sentence (Thesis in other words and past tense)
    2. Summary
      1. EITHER two sentences, one about each section ("In summary there are three..of which. The results of the analysis showed that...")
      2. OR three sentences, one about each criterion ("In terms of the first criterion, sustainability, analysis showed Y. As for the second, ..., ..."
    3. Final comment (Should I volunteer with them or not? Use "should" or other recommendation language)
      1. e.g. "In conclusion, despite some issues with X, this is a good organisation to volunteer with and SUS should consider it when they are decising where to volunteers."