At the time of this writing, the number of Covid-19 cases world-wide is diminishing. Parts of the world are beginning to open up to travelers. However, it will be a while before one can plan an international volunteer trip. To obtain the latest information on world travel and health conditions visit the Personal Health section of our website. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will find links to the latest health information from various governments and an international medical association.
This issue of our newsletter offers some timely articles about the changes, due to the Covid pandemic, that could affect world voluntourism and the implementation of international aid. Other articles discuss doing voluntourism to ensure a positive outcome, sustainable and environmental travel, and volunteer programs in the U.S.
Peter Slowe, founder and director of Projects Abroad, in the World Economic Forum, discusses the future of voluntourism after Covid-19. See After Covid-19
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Gutterres called the coronavirus pandemic “the greatest test” the world has faced since World War II. Jessica Alexander, in this article in the New Humanitarian, writes about the changes Covid-19 might bring to the international aid sector. See Rethinking Humanitarianism.
Emily Folk, creator of the blog Conservation Folks, outlines some categories a prospective environmental volunteer can consider when choosing a volunteer opportunity. The categories discussed cover both domestic and international volunteering. See E-volunteering.