A unique documentary outlining the challanges of a normal volunteer “The Voluntourist” is a 30 min documentary questioning the impact of international volunteering on local communities. The film does not aim to list all the possible negative impacts of poorly arranged international volunteering programs, but instead raises certain overarching questions through a series of interviews. From a past voluntourist for futur volunteers This movie is for everyone who is planning to volunteer overseas, an absolutely must watch that makes you think twice. It was developed by a former voluntourist for future volunteers. Once you decide to volunteer overseas we highly recommend you to watch this great piece of work. Check out the trailer below, their homepage […]
An exciting documentary about the problem of orphanage voluntourism An Australian TV team went undercover with a hidden camera and took on the problem of the orphanage business industry and orphanage voluntourism. The one hour long documentary explains superficialy how western money and western volunteers fed and drove the growth of orphanages for a decade. On top of that it outlines the problem of sex trafficking and child trafficking in orphanages. A sensationalist thirsty piece which was poorly researched What gave us a a bit of a bad feeling were the extreme exaggerations and overstatements. Sabour Bradley and the former SISHA Director and ex-detective Steve Morrish sensationalized the topic. They turned Cambodia into […]
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 […]
Global service partnerships are a great learning and development cooperation tool. This video explains the reasons and why global service partnerships might be the best option to help abroad. Voluntourism and service trips under fire… Orphanage Volunteering and voluntourism have been under fire for some time for many reasons. This video contains information on why and how voluntourism and donations support the growth of the so called „orphan industry“ . The demand for short term placements in orphanages and health care facilities is growing. Whereas it is great that there is increasing interest in voluntourism, it is not great that the projects volunteers are placed in have a negative impact on the […]
A must watch for every past and future volunteer The focus of the series lies on the orphanage tourism and voluntourism industry which is connected to int. volunteer companies and the global north. It will help every futur volunteer to understand the challanges behind the voluntourism industry and volunteering in orphanages. Al Jazeera spend a lot of time and money in researching the subject and developed an outstanding series of documentaries. An absolutely must watch for every futur and past volunteer. Voluntourism industry insights and a many-sided view on a complex issue These videos describe extremely well the impact of voluntourism on Cambodia, institutional care and the big business behind it. Five […]
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. It outlines the negative impact of institutionalized care and outlines the impact of volunteering in an orphanage. In many volunteer placements well intentioned 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 […]
Here you can find videos that deliver in a fun way intercultural education and messages that matter. Intercultural education is important to understand the injustice which is connected development cooperation, tourism, fundraising campaigns and voluntourism. This playlist gives you a lot of loughs, thoughts and serious discussions about serious subjects that are linked to voluntourism and “doing good”. The focus is on how doing good can cause harm and on the fact that wanting to do good is often not enough! You need to be sure, that you are doing good. Click yourself trough the playlist and enjoy!