The dark side of voluntourism selfies
Wanting to share experiences of volunteering abroad is perfectly normal, but what are the consequences of our photos other than virtual likes?
The Dangers Of The Voluntourism Industry
I have always been a firm believer that you should help others where you can give. Giving and volunteering are and have always been key ways to do this. But can volunteering be negative in societies?
Does voluntourism do more harm than good?
Voluntourism is really quite an extraordinary concept: people give a lot of their money and time to do something they believe will help solve world issues like hunger or poverty.
8 Signs Your Volunteer Abroad Program is Legit
How to find the right overseas volunteer placement that truly benefits everyone involved. Yasmin Smith learned the hard way that, when it comes to sustainability and positive impact, not all projects are made equal.
University lecturer calls for an end to ‘voluntourism’
An university lecturer has criticised tertiary institutions for continuing to send students on voluntourism experiences. The trend - short for 'volunteer tourism' - sees young people travel to orphanages and areas of poverty as a form of life experience.
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International Aid’s Voluntourism Problem
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.
Covid19 Comes to Nepal
As COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, Nepal has not been spared by this pandemic. Though, there are only two confirmed cases as of today, there are almost certainly many more. Considering this fact, Nepal has been completely locked down as of March 24, 2020. NGN’s teams are working from home, and we are ensuring remotely that all the children we are monitoring are safe with their families. Having received two rescues in the month of February, we are currently in the process of reconnecting the children with their families. Despite the fear of COVID-19, we have seen families brave this new unknown and come to Kathmandu to see their children and take them home where hopefully they will be safe.
International Aid’s Voluntourism Problem
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.
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.
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.
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