Ethical Volunteering

Ethical Volunteering
25 04, 2018

The Voluntourist’s Dilemma

2018-04-25T08:12:02+00:00

While scrolling through my Facebook feed as a welcome distraction from the midweek workload, I stumbled upon pictures from my friend’s service trip to Guatemala over Easter Break. The photos from her five-day trip featured members of her group holding babies, smiling while young girls braided their hair, and taking selfies with kids from the local village. In every picture, both the volunteers and the children had big smiles on their faces, yet I couldn’t help but feel a mixed reaction to the message the album implied.

The Voluntourist’s Dilemma 2018-04-25T08:12:02+00:00
9 04, 2018

DUCK expeditions are a load of quack

2018-04-09T08:29:58+00:00

When I was 15, I flew to Nepal. Hiking through the Himalayas, while teaching school children English and helping out at an orphanage? Could I have been a more selfless teenager? I was off to save the world. There are few things more cringe-worthy than watching 20 British schoolgirls trying to build a well under the scalding Nepalese heat. This is what I imagine a group of local men were thinking as they politely stood back while we puzzled our way through this contraption.

DUCK expeditions are a load of quack 2018-04-09T08:29:58+00:00
20 11, 2017

Why Volunteering Can Cause More Harm Than Good (VIDEO)

2018-02-26T15:44:04+00:00

Check out this insightful and beautifully shot video by Lindsay Larsen as she discusses the cycle of orphanage tourism. Lindsay talks about her experiences and how voluntourism can have devastating affects on families.

Why Volunteering Can Cause More Harm Than Good (VIDEO) 2018-02-26T15:44:04+00:00
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