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.
S: Ha, yes I agree! And I'd like to see the stats on how well those profiles do. Hey, I'm Chad and I'm looking for some humanitarian
H: Interestingly, the article link is no longer live on the Telegraph website. Says a lot about the response, doesn't it
Health Considerations Volunteers of all ages have to pay attention to health needs. Visit your physician. Get a checkup and
This piece is part of a month-long series of articles aimed at raising awareness around the issue of orphanage volunteering
Voluntourism's saving grace is that volunteers on overseas projects develop a long-term bond with their host country, and
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.
I realize that not everyone wants to travel, but there is no question that it provides invaluable experience and insight to the traveler and to the people the traveler knows or meets. Here are five excellent reasons to see other parts of the world.
I polled a gaggle of great travel buddies last week, and assembled the following 2016 Travel Resolutions that would make us all better travelers.
Traveling ignites something in the soul - there's no denying that. Every new experience, every new place explored, and every cultural barrier knocked down brings about a change in our perspectives and in the very way we live our lives.
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.
Investing in a community might mean that a project takes longer or that it may cost most than if it was done by a visiting band of short-term volunteers, but the effect will be much deeper.
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.