For those of you who haven’t seen it the BBC has launched a new portal for voluntourism providers to share best practices and work to facilitate the BBC’s 2010 goal.
Check it out at: http://buildingbridgescoalition.org
For those of you who don’t know much about the BBC here is a list of their goals:
1. To double the number of international volunteers sent abroad annually by 2010
— Increase public awareness of international volunteer opportunities
— Encourage organizations to commit to scaling up
— Foster partnerships among international volunteer organizations, universities & colleges, corporations, and government agencies
— Support the Public Policy Group to expand national resource commitment to international volunteering and service
2. To improve the quality of international volunteer service
— Establishing and promoting effective practices for international volunteer service
— Create a forum for interaction and information sharing for international volunteer organizations, universities & colleges, corporations, government agencies, and other stakeholders in the field of international volunteerism
— Encourage increased corporate engagement and improved social and business impact in international strategic volunteering programs
3. To maximize positive impacts of international service in communities throughout the world
— Support the Research and Impacts Group to implement the comprehensive research agenda and improve effectiveness in international volunteer service
More details can be found in the Building Bridges Strategic Plan.