Have you heard about “voluntourism”? Maybe not; but you might well be unintentionally contributing t
20 September 2019
Written by Junanto Xu
Co-written by Beverley Lennon
Have you heard about “voluntourism”? Maybe not; but you might well be unintentionally contributing to this unethical trend.
Put it simply, voluntourism is when the primary purpose of your trip is to travel, but includes a volunteering experience. For example, you travel to Bali for a holiday but spend time — from a few hours to several days — at a local orphanage to teach and play with the kids.
Though we understand that your intention is to help local communities in need, the sad truth is that you could be doing more harm than good! Not only is voluntourism a million-dollar business for travel companies and unregistered organisations, but you might also be stealing jobs from the locals, among many other issues!
So if you intend to sign up for a volunteer programme on your next vacation, we strongly recommend you to read through these 5 sad truths behind voluntourism. We don’t mean to say that you can’t make a difference to the world but it is important to remember that your help should be effective in fulfilling a need without causing more damage to the local community.
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