As a result of all this work Kate became
increasingly aware that while there were some excellent international
volunteer programmes, there are also some terrible ones. Problems range
from volunteers who are imposed on host communities, to projects that
turn out not to exist, to volunteers who exploit their hosts
hospitality to projects that are a waste of everyone's time and money.
Working out the difference between the
good and the bad before you travel can be very difficult. So based on
Kate's PhD research she produced 'The ethical
volunteering guide' to try and help potential volunteers identify
the good projects out there.