Don’t Create an orphanage – the video tells you why


A short animation that outlines the impact of volunteering in an orphanage

This is a great, short and simple animation that explains why it might be wrong to volunteer in or donate to orphanages and to work with orphans. It outlines the negative impact of institutionalized care and outlines the impact of volunteering in an orphanage.

In many volunteer placements well intention voluntourists are actively encouraged to donate money and presents. Through these donations wrong people profit from the misery of children. Volunteers must consider their implications of their actions: often it might be better to support or volunteer in a local project that keep families.

Also we find it important not to generalize, which many campaigns unfortunately do: There are great orphanages as well as placements within institutionalized care. They are just very rare. Projects where volunteers interact with people that are most at risk must have the qualifications, time, accompany measures, preparation and evaluation that is necessary to have a positive long term impact.

 

 

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About Sebastian Drobner

Sebastian has eight years of experience in international development cooperation, lived in five countries and on three continents. He started to get into the world of development in 2008 when he volunteered for one year in Cambodia for a local Voluntourism project. He then received a contract as an advisor through Bread for the World in Germany and supported the development of the program Volunteer Action for Cambodia by Star Kampuchea until 2012. At the same time he was responsible for the development of the government founded volunteer program Weltwärts of Bread for the World in Cambodia and it`s mentoring. From 2012 to 2013 he changed into the head office of Bread for the world where he was responsible for the administration of their volunteer program as a program assistant. Now he is studying International Social Work and Development and works part time in development projects. Part of this course was an internship in the Solomon Islands where he worked in a tourism course and developed a volunteer program for Don Bosco Technical Institute Solomon Islands. The knowledge he gained when he finished a three-year training in Hotel and tourism helped during this experience.

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