Ethical Volunteering

Ethical Volunteering
8 11, 2019

Voluntouring is not a vacation

2019-11-08T08:47:58-08:00

What springs to mind when you hear ‘volunteering abroad’? For many, it is Western teenagers taking selfies with smiling children in ‘Africa’, enjoying the fact that they’re having an ‘authentic’ cultural experience and improving the lives of the less fortunate. My first experience of this was in Ecuador. I was sixteen, and had signed up to a month-long World Challenge expedition, which mixed tourism with volunteering in a local community. I’d had to fundraise to pay the (significant) costs involved – two years’ worth of bake sales, tea and coffee events, and any odd jobs I could get my hands on.

Voluntouring is not a vacation2019-11-08T08:47:58-08:00
30 10, 2019

Volunteerism or voluntourism? The ethical questions of student volunteering trips

2019-10-30T07:10:18-07:00

If you were on campus over the past few months, you might have seen lime-green flyers for Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) — an international volunteer organization with programs in multiple countries — in bathrooms, classrooms and academic buildings. UNC has 400 study abroad programs across 70 different countries, but that number doesn’t include the countless non-University affiliated programs advertised across campus.

Volunteerism or voluntourism? The ethical questions of student volunteering trips2019-10-30T07:10:18-07:00
7 10, 2019

OPINION: Voluntourism brings unintended consequences to communities

2019-10-07T09:47:30-07:00

Some people enjoy touring other countries in order to participate in volunteer work — this trend has become known as “voluntourism.” Although voluntourism seems helpful on the surface, it can actually be very harmful in the long run because of the unintended consequences it can inflict on international communities.

OPINION: Voluntourism brings unintended consequences to communities2019-10-07T09:47:30-07:00
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
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