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'Voluntourism' and volunteer travel

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Let's save Africa! - Gone wrong. Who Wants To Be A Volunteer? Dear volunteers in Africa: please don't come help until you've asked yourself... The Voluntourist - A film about voluntourism The Voluntourist. The help and harm of the $173 billion “voluntourism” industry by Maya Wesby. For college students, studying abroad offers the chance to travel, earn credit, and gain work experience.

The help and harm of the $173 billion “voluntourism” industry by Maya Wesby

Students may opt to take language-emersion courses or even earn grants for working on subject-based projects (for example, doing scientific research on the Great Barrier Reef or filming a documentary in Egypt). Yet one type of study abroad involves volunteer work in developing nations, and willing participants can travel the world while gaining a sense of community alongside fellow volunteers and the native population. While idealism and good intentions drive many of these volunteers, there exists the concept of “voluntourism,” or volunteer tourism, in which companies send volunteers abroad for the sake of profit and corporate advantage.

In other words, travel is designed to benefit the sponsoring companies rather than disadvantaged communities. Putting a stop to irresponsible voluntourism. Once again, not all voluntourism is bad.

Putting a stop to irresponsible voluntourism

That said, a lot of it can be. Here at End Humanitarian Douchery, we believe in an alternative model of international volunteering called Fair Trade Learning. Fair Trade Learning* on View updated FTL resources and an FTL video here!

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Editors Note: While feedback is still requested as indicated in the text that follows, a version of the standards below has been published as: Hartman, E., Morris Paris, C., & Blache-Cohen, B. (2014). Fair trade learning: Ethical standards for community-engaged international volunteer tourism. Tourism & Hospitality Research (14) 1 – 2: 108 – 116. Dear Colleagues: Fair Trade Learning: Summary & Key Documents - Campus Compact.

Fair Trade Learning is global educational partnership exchange that prioritizes reciprocity in relationships through cooperative, cross-cultural participation in learning, service, and civil society efforts.

Fair Trade Learning: Summary & Key Documents - Campus Compact

It foregrounds the goals of economic equity, equal partnership, mutual learning, cooperative and positive social change, transparency, and sustainability. Fair Trade Learning explicitly engages the global civil society role of educational exchange in fostering a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. – (Hartman, Morris Paris, & Blache-Cohen, 2013). Fair Trade Learning. Ep. 1 Not A Saviour: The Space between Service & Exploitation - Not a Saviour - Ep. 2 Not A Saviour: Advocating Against Orphanage Tourism - Not a Saviour - The Problem With Little White Girls, Boys and Voluntourism.

White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often.

The Problem With Little White Girls, Boys and Voluntourism

We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil. After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative — most of the developing world.

Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania. In high school, I travelled to Tanzania as part of a school trip. Our mission while at the orphanage was to build a library. Basically, we failed at the sole purpose of our being there. Tying friendship bracelets during my first trip to the Dominican Republic in 2009. Some might say that that’s enough. Ep. 6 Not a Saviour: An Interview with Pippa Biddle - Not a Saviour - When in the Amazon, Please Do Not Punch the Dolphins - The help and harm of the $173 billion “voluntourism” industry by Maya Wesby.

Voluntourism: More Harm Than Good? – Tiyana J. As an avid traveller, I’m often asked why I don’t participate in international development voluntourism projects when I travel.

Voluntourism: More Harm Than Good? – Tiyana J

This question is often asked by well-intended individuals who have bought into the misconception that any pro-poor tourism is a selfless act and inherently beneficial to the world’s most disadvantaged communities. When I first started travelling at 17, voluntourism was never really an option for me because it wasn’t in my budget. Volunteer travel is generally very expensive, which is why I opted for cheap backpacking trips instead.

Then in my first semester of uni in my “global development and change” class, my final essay involved evaluating whether or not voluntourism efforts actually benefit global development. As you can guess, simply put the answer was no. You know the trips I’m talking about. Voluntourism: More Harm Than Good? Would you volunteer abroad if you had no cameras with you? Volunteer travel: experts raise concerns over unregulated industry. It seems like such a wonderful idea, to head off across the world to help orphans and children, to build schools and conserve wildlife.

Volunteer travel: experts raise concerns over unregulated industry

But scepticism about the genuine value voluntourists provide for local communities is growing, and NGOs are asking whether an unregulated industry providing young unqualified westerners is really a good way to support developing countries. There are, of course, plenty of situations where volunteers have turned up, done a wonderful job and left again. But both on and offline there are growing collections of volunteering stories that have ended less than happily. “I know of school trips where local builders were working during the night to straighten the walls of a house built by foreign student volunteers the previous day,” says Frederikke Lindholm, the communications manager of The Shelter Collection, a children’s NGO in Vietnam. Billion-pound industry In the UK alone, 85 organisations place 50,000 volunteers overseas every year. Poverty Tourism: A Debate in Need of Typological Nuance. Toward a Common Language and Taxonomy of Poverty Tourism _________________________________________________UPDATE: An updated graphic with new notes has been posted at Poverty Tourism Taxonomy 2.o__________________________________________________ Poverty Tourism has lately been the subject of renewed blogger chatter and debate.

Poverty Tourism: A Debate in Need of Typological Nuance

It seems a perennial issue that gets a paroxysm of attention each time a major media outlet runs a story on it. The latest series of posts was set off by a recent NYT op-ed by Kennedy Odede, a Kenyan who had some personal experience and harsh words for what he called Slumdog Tourism. The tone has ranged from reflective to outright shrill. Better Volunteering Better Care expert paper sexual abuse and volunteering. Better Care Better Volunteer International Volunteering Trends and Insights 2014. What's wrong with volunteer travel?: Daniela Papi at TEDxOxbridge.