Learn to Volunteer Ethically

Learn to Volunteer Ethically
Learn to Volunteer Ethically 2019-02-05T08:24:18-07:00

Volunteerism or Voluntourism?

May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

STUDENTS BEGIN THEIR 21-day trip by traveling to a ranch in the Guanacaste province. As volunteers, they will work with students from local schools and teach them about modern environmental issues. The teens also learn about Costa Rica’s development issues and speak with natives about recent environmental changes within the region. Trip participants will also experience popular tourist attractions like whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and ziplining.

We Need to Talk About Volunteering

May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

If you are thinking about volunteering abroad, we need to talk. I never expected that my volunteering experiences in Cambodia would lead me to have so many contentious discussions about responsible tourism, sustainable development, commercial ethics and modern slavery. It is never easy explaining to well-meaning, generous people that their desire to help others may inadvertently cause more harm than good.

The Voluntourist’s Dilemma

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

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.

DUCK expeditions are a load of quack

April 9th, 2018|Categories: Child Trafficking News, Ethical Volunteering|

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.

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