Projects - write an essay about voluntourism

Malc Prentice

north dakota


Do you want to volunteer?

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


Quiz for listening

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Team A

Traits of a responsible Program (1500 words)

Team B

News Story: The white tourists's burden. 1000 words
News: Cambodia orphans (500 words)

Bonus materials

Reading: UN report about orphange tourism mentioned in the TED talk: (link)

Listening: A video from Daniela's group matching group A's "traits" article: (link)

Essay project

You are going to critically analyse a volunteer opportunity.

1) Download the examples and templates

Example essay is on website: example criteria analysis volunteer essay

Use the SECTIONAL essay template in the shared materials folder.

2) Read them

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

4) Choose three important criteria (traits)

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.



  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 abroad
      3. If possible, cite a number (how many volunteer)
    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 volunteer organisation are 1, 2, and 3")
      2. Paragraph topic (aka slide title): "The first...")
      3. WHAT to check
        1. (e.g. sustainability = long term plans, repair training, post-project funding).
        2. Probably a kind DEFINITION e.g. "Sustainability IS A characteristic of planning WHICH exists when / Transparency IS A requirement of FINANCIAL REPORTING, showing that an organisation has"
      4. HOW to check
        1. (e.g. website, review website, volunteer blogs, govt reports)
        2. e.g. "In order to check this, it is necessary to"
    2. Criterion 2
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
      2. WHAT to check
      3. HOW to check it
    3. Criterion 3
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
      2. WHAT to check
      3. HOW to check it
  3. Analysis section (4 slides/paragraphs)
    1. Paragraph 1: Thesis and Description
      1. Section thesis ("This section first describes one organisation - NAME - in detail, then analyses it in terms of ther criteria outlined above.")
      2. 2-4 Description points (WHAT is theiraim, WHAT do they do exactly, WHERE do they do it, WHEN did they start, WHO does what, etc)
      3. link to next paragraph ("THe remainder of this section analyses...")
    2. Analysis 1
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
      2. 2-3 points
        1. What exactly did you check? ("In order to confirm TOPIC, X was checked for Y")
        2. What exactly did you find? ("It was found that Y was / was not available/detailed. In addition, it (could not) be confirmed that Z")
        3. Explanation and or Summary: What does this mean - does the organisation meet the criterion or not? ("As such, because ..., this organisation does not meet this criterion")
    3. Analysis 2
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
        1. What exactly did you check?
        2. What exactly did you find?
        3. Explanation and or Summary
    4. Analysis 3
      1. Paragraph topic (aka slide title)
        1. What exactly did you check?
        2. What exactly did you find?
        3. Explanation and or 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 this organisation met one and partially met two. The results of the analysis showed that...")
    3. Final comment (Should I volunteer with them or not? Use "should" or other recommendation language) e.g. "In conclusion, despite some issues with X, this is a good organisation to volunteer with in terms of Y and Z and students should consider it when they are deciding where to volunteers."