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Who does ‘voluntourism’ actually help? Trips run by WE and other charities draw skepticism

July 30th, 2020|Categories: Ethical Volunteering|

Part of WE Charity’s overseas trips allow people from North America to “step into the shoes of Maasai warriors” in Kenya, or “experience a shamanic ceremony and get hands-on weapons training” in Ecuador. The trips, offered through WE’s for-profit arm ME to WE, cost over US $4,000.

International Aid’s Voluntourism Problem

April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Ethical Volunteering|

Since the Syrian migrant crisis made national headlines in 2015, volunteers have continued to flow into Greece. This uptick falls in line with the increasingly popular trend of voluntourism, a form of tourism in which travelers participate in volunteer work abroad. According to Dr. Nancy Gard McGehee, head of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at Virginia Tech, voluntourism has become the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry, with over $2 billion in revenue in 2019. A growing sector coupled with a lack of government funding has resulted in a proliferation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to address the needs of refugees.

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