It’s no wonder the world of “voluntourism” has become a $3 billion a year industry. Volunteers get to travel internationally and out of pocket costs are nominal since volunteers are essentially trading the experience for their skills. And, of course, there is the good feeling side of helping make the world a better place.
We are all guilty of assuming that a certain community needs a certain kind of help. We look at homeless people and assume that we need to build them homes, when all they want might be mental health support or a stable job. So, what is the no-assumptions approach you ask?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took time out of his Thursday afternoon to explain to finance committee members just how excellent the plan to have WE Charity administer the Canada Student Service Grant program was.
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.