n Africa Insight - Tourism and transparency - navigating ethical risks in volunteerism with fair trade learning

Volume 42, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The international volunteer and academic service-learning market is expanding rapidly, despite critics' assertions regarding the dangers of development amateurism. We provide a framing of growth and concerns in the sector, along with an explanation of emerging best practices. We elucidate through four cases - two that illuminate extremes in partnership potential and two African cases that illustrate the challenges involved in implementing an ideal partnership type termed Fair Trade Learning (FTL). We conclude with a call for increased transparency in the international volunteer sector. We offer this article as an initial consideration of a current change process.

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