Brb, booking a last-minute vacay.
Volunteers may be well-meaning, but they're often supporting institutions that exploit children and poor families for profit.
Sadly, despite their good intentions, volunteers at orphanages are unwittingly supporting the terrible harm that institutions afflict on children in their care.
I never thought that playing catch with a kid could be a bad thing, or that goofing off could contribute to long-term psychological
Now in its second year, the Foundation has already sent three volunteers to Kikaaya College and raised close to $20,000. Coby
Volunteering abroad can be an introvert's nightmare. Intense teamwork, shared living spaces, and people-heavy projects, all in a foreign land without a familiar hideaway to escape to, may leave you feeling trapped in an energy-sapping vortex.
Sacrificing your holiday and all the trimmings that come along with it to go on an adventure that will benefit the greater good? Might that not be the greatest gift of all?
The seductiveness of the word "conservation" has allowed certain players in the wildlife tourism sector to exploit it towards their own selfish ends, and use it as a smokescreen for all manner of sins and unethical practices. But for how much longer?
Lighthouse lore and allure is hard to resist, which is why many baby boomers have a lighthouse tour or two on their beloved bucket lists. Few folks know, though, that you can not only tour lighthouses, but that can keep lighthouses, too.
I worried, as many others have, about the negative impact of such trips -- whether these villages would face internal retaliation for working with Westerners, whether their conversion to Christianity was a facade they embraced to receive the aid, and whether such work would disrupt the functionality of their tattered economies.