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The Voluntourist

I just finished watching this documentary on voluntourism. Although I have an embarrassingly short attention span, I was captivated as this is a topic I feel so strongly about. The documentary interviews natives in developing countries, voluntourists as young as eighteen years old and NGO workers. It was great to see those undertaking voluntourism questioning their impact, as it is something we don’t often do. As one staff member from PEPY Empowering Youth said, we have “A  ...

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Thoughts, Voluntourism

Who wants to go on a cruise?!

I was disgusted to come across this article the other day on a new voluntourism cruise. ‘Fathom’ is the first cruise line dedicated entirely to voluntourism, offering seven-day volunteer cruises. That’s right, SEVEN DAYS to make an impact in a developing country. The ship carries 700 passengers and sails year-round from Miami to the Dominican Republic. The website states, “It’s only a few days of your life. That doesn’t sound like much. But it could positively impact  ...

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Voluntourism

A new campaign making people ask the hard questions about voluntourism

For the past couple of years I have been trying to promote the empowerment and sustainability of organisations in developing countries by making people think twice about voluntourism. I can’t count the number of times my friends have had friends of theirs coming to Cambodia who want to volunteer, and knowing my stance on the topic, they put me in touch with them. I give them my usual spiel, but most of the time  these people choose to ignore my advice and find somewhere to ‘play  ...

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