Fair Trade Learning: Summary & Key Documents

October 27, 2014

Fair Trade Learning is global educational partnership exchange that prioritizes reciprocity in relationships through cooperative, cross-cultural participation in learning, service, and civil society efforts. It foregrounds the goals of economic equity, equal partnership, mutual learning, cooperative and positive social change, transparency, and sustainability. Fair Trade Learning explicitly engages the global civil society role of educational exchange in fostering a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

– (Hartman, Morris Paris, & Blache-Cohen, 2013).

For the second time in just a few months, Fair Trade Learning: Ethical standards for community-engaged international volunteer tourism is among the top ten most-read articles in Sage Journals’ Tourism and Hospitality Research. That article is one key resource in the Fair Trade Learning conversation. It and several others are compiled below.

  1. The Fair Trade Learning rubric fosters dialogue among stakeholders around essential dimensions of quality global partnerships. It offers a framing through which community, university, and/or NGO partners may engage in dialogue in respect to FTL partnership principles. The rubric linked above is published as: Hartman, E. (2015). Fair trade learning: A framework for ethical global partnerships. In M.A. Larsen, (Ed.), International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities (Routledge Research in International and Comparative Education)
    New York: Routledge.
  2. The story behind Fair Trade Learning is here.
  3. Fair Trade Learning standards and principles are listed here.
  4. The University of Kentucky’s Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit includes a Fair Trade Learning resource for course and program planning and dialogue here.
  5. An infographic expressing the data-driven economic rationale for deliberate local sourcing in Fair Trade Learning is here.
  6. Peer-reviewed publications on Fair Trade Learning include:
    1. Hartman, E., Morris-Paris, C., & Blache-Cohen, B. (2014). Fair trade learning: Ethical standards for international volunteer tourism. Tourism and Hospitality Research.
    2. Hartman, E. & Chaire, C. (2014). Market incentives and international volunteers: The development and evaluation of fair trade learning. The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education.
    3. Hartman, E., Morris-Paris, C., & Blache-Cohen, B. (2013). Tourism and transparency: Navigating ethical risks in voluntourism with fair trade learning. Africa Insight (42)2.

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