Orphanage voluntourism: #StopOrphanTrips campaign


Orphanage voluntourism harms vulnerable children. This great video explains why and what to do about it. The video is part of the global #StopOrphanTrips campaign.

Sixty years of research prove that orphanages are no solution…

Sixty years of research has proven that institutionalized care is the worst solution for children. The kids are being exposed to many risks. The result of institutionalized care and voluntourism in orphanages are brain development problems, alarming social behavior and reintegration challenges into the community as well as many other problems.

There are other solutions…

Around 80 percent of children in orphanages have living parents. Research and experience has shown that there are better solutions than to institutionalize children. Extended families, family support, community development through social workers or income generation programs.

Global campaign against orphanage voluntourism…

A global team of child protection professionals and academics have started the hashtag on Twitter to bring awareness to decades of research that have found orphanage volunteer trips to be extremely harmful for children. They have combined all that research to also create this focused, 3-minute video.

Watch it now and, if you favor better options for children around the world, share it immediately. On Twitter, continue using the hashtag, #StopOrphanTrips to spread the word. Check out this petition which is part of the campaign.

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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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