Ethical Volunteering

Ethical Volunteering
23 08, 2019

The dark side of ‘voluntourism’ causes orphanage numbers to boom in developing countries

2019-08-23T07:17:40-07:00

According to Save the Children Australia, popular voluntourism destinations for Australians such as Bali, Thailand and Cambodia have seen the number of orphanages increase by up to 500 per cent since the trend began.

The dark side of ‘voluntourism’ causes orphanage numbers to boom in developing countries2019-08-23T07:17:40-07:00
14 08, 2019

Voluntourism is unsustainable form of activism

2019-08-14T07:13:00-07:00

In middle school, I remember hearing about the local church visiting a rural town in Mexico with a group of volunteers for a week to build houses. At the time, I was impressed. Not only did I not know how to find these sort of opportunities on my own, but I remember thinking how noble it was to put yourself outside your comfort zone in such a productive way.

Voluntourism is unsustainable form of activism2019-08-14T07:13:00-07:00
23 05, 2019

Why Funding for Orphanages is Harming the Children it Aims to Help

2019-05-23T09:16:44-07:00

Despite powerful evidence of the negative impact of orphanage care, private donors continue to provide large amounts of funding to orphanages through donations, volunteer tourism, mission trips and other forms of fundraising – adding to the pull factors drawing more vulnerable children into institutional care and away from family or community care.

Why Funding for Orphanages is Harming the Children it Aims to Help2019-05-23T09:16:44-07:00
29 04, 2019

The Unexpected Evils of Altruism

2019-04-29T08:02:01-07:00

Do you have money and think you can change the world with it? Do you have low self-esteem, or simply crave instant gratification on social media? Or maybe you just want to increase your chance to on Tinder by embodying a third-world savior persona? Well, I’ve got an easy answer to check all your theoretical boxes: voluntourism.

The Unexpected Evils of Altruism2019-04-29T08:02:01-07:00
5 04, 2019

Benevolent harm: Orphanages, voluntourism and child sexual exploitation in South-East Asia

2019-04-05T09:10:04-07:00

Institution-based sexual exploitation, including within orphanages, is on the rise in South- East Asia. While the drivers of this increase are complex, the growth in volunteer and orphanage tourism creates opportunities for child sexual exploitation by allowing contact between vulnerable children and child sex offenders, stimulating demand for orphanages and orphaned children through child trafficking and paper orphaning, and providing the necessary conditions for orphanage scams.

Benevolent harm: Orphanages, voluntourism and child sexual exploitation in South-East Asia2019-04-05T09:10:04-07:00
18 03, 2019

My regret at volunteering in an orphanage

2019-03-18T12:54:23-07:00

It was 2010, I was just finishing my A levels and had two months before starting university. I knew I wanted to go away and do something different. I was interested in development work and as an eager and naïve 17-year-old, volunteering abroad in an orphanage seemed like a rewarding, helpful and ethical thing to do.

My regret at volunteering in an orphanage2019-03-18T12:54:23-07:00
5 03, 2019

We Can Do Better Than Voluntourism

2019-03-05T07:16:33-07:00

As someone from Nigeria, I usually have mixed feelings when my friends announce they are planning to go volunteer in a country with a high poverty rate. The whole process is a little, well, uncomfortable. I am from Nigeria, and I have family that live there. To me, the idea of someone flying to some African country and offering them help is truly bizarre — probably as strange as it would be for an American to see someone from Nigeria travel here for two weeks to do the same. It also seems more than a little unproductive. I have never understood brief one-time volunteer trips. If you care about a community of people, shouldn’t helping them be a lifelong goal, and not a glorified vacation?

We Can Do Better Than Voluntourism2019-03-05T07:16:33-07:00
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