Volunteer vacations and global development: Why they have more in common than you thought

The criticism on voluntourism, especially in development circles, is widespread. But can volunteer vacations be a positive extension of global development? Devex spoke with directors of three reputable volunteer vacation operations to find out why the sector has its own place within development efforts.

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  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.