Students Set Out: A Guide for Student Volunteers

1. Optimize your time 2. Keep the cost down 3. Get your parents on board 4. Be open minded     In today’s competitive age, college students are constantly juggling social life, grades and extracurriculars. Traveling as a student is a luxury usually thought of as time with family or a semester abroad. GivingWay shows students that exploring abroad can mean more […]

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Is Voluntourism Really That Bad?

“Voluntourism” is the informal term for being involved in voluntary work while traveling and exploring the country where the volunteer work takes place. Over the past decade, voluntourism — which is also called volunteering abroad — has become a major travel trend, with an expected 20 million volunteer travelers per year by 2020!   While […]

Why GivingWay Does Not Promote Orphanage Volunteering

Why GivingWay Will Not Promote Volunteering in Orphanages

When we initially created the GivingWay platform, one of the very first decisions we made was that we would not work with organizations that run, manage, engage with or send volunteers to orphanages. Here are the top 3 reasons why we are not promoting orphanage volunteering: 1: Orphanages can expose children to physical and psychological trauma Countless […]

Top Travel Tips for Staying Healthy Abroad

We often see amazing photos of unusual foods from other countries and read other travellers’ and volunteers’ stories regaling us with tales of the delicacies they tried. However, we also have heard of some really awful nights spent in the hostel bathroom after an unfortunate turn at the table. No one wants to miss out […]