Ethical Volunteering

26 02, 2020

Why are we still pitching voluntourism in universities?


Back to university today? Beware the flashy voluntourism brochures promising a chance to save the world, writes AUT lecturer Daniel Crouch. It was my first day as a lecturer, February 2018, and I was feeling pretty nervous as students filed in. Just before the nine o’clock start, a young woman approached me at the front of the room and greeted me with a handshake and a “Daniel, right?” She asked if she could make a quick announcement about volunteering opportunities for my students. I welcomed the students in, and handed the floor to her. Then I stood by, dumbfounded, as she offered the students the chance to work in an orphanage and go white-water rafting in Cambodia, or build a well and paraglide over the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. She wasn’t a colleague – she was there to pitch voluntourism packages for a private company, and she was doing it from the front of the lecture hall.
Why are we still pitching voluntourism in universities?2020-02-26T09:26:19-08:00
3 01, 2020

At HBO’s Premiere of “Finding the Way Home”


Conor and Samjyor attending the premier of HBO's "Finding the Way Home". NGN was one of just a few INGO's picked to participate in this documentary. Focusing on the stories of eight children who have been reunited with family members or placed in loving foster homes after experiencing the trauma of institutionalization, Finding the Way Home highlights the painful realities of the eight million children living in orphanages and other institutions around the world.
At HBO’s Premiere of “Finding the Way Home”2020-01-03T08:31:36-08:00
26 11, 2019

The Orphanage Voluntourism Campaign: Is the End-Game in Sight?


Rising awareness of orphanage voluntourism A decade ago very few people had heard of the term ‘orphanage voluntourism’, but now barely a week goes past without the media covering it. For anyone who is unaware of what orphanage voluntourism is, it involves well-intentioned volunteers who give their time and money to orphanages in the belief they are helping vulnerable children
The Orphanage Voluntourism Campaign: Is the End-Game in Sight?2019-11-26T10:39:02-08:00
8 11, 2019

Voluntouring is not a vacation


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


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


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


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


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
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