The “voluntourism” business promoted by WE Charity conflicts with efforts to decolonize global health and international development.
Volunteer tourism is often criticised for focusing on profit and volunteer experience. But improving monitoring and evaluation and putting host communities in charge can make it more sustainable.
Voluntourists’ ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They don’t have the skills and can perpetuate patronising and unhelpful ideas.
Good intentions, money and the desire to help are essential ingredients for the orphanage tourism industry. But tourists end up becoming agents in the exploitation of children.
The ONS says less Brits are volunteering - but the truth is they’re doing it in different ways.
It’s time to recognise the difference between ‘deep’ and ‘shallow’ volunteering.
Slum tourism is broadly rejected as morally dubious and voyeuristic. But we should take a second look.
Australian private schools are increasingly taking their senior students to volunteer in orphanages, but they’re doing more harm than good.