The United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As we set sail into 2017, it is imperative to be reminded of the human rights implications of tourism. Facebook recently notified me that three years ago, I was volunteering in Cambodia. A photo of a group of us after a rice distribution served to remind me of my naiivity and the pressing need to educate young people about the dangers of orphanage tourism. What is orphanage tourism? Voluntourism is the professionalised phenomenon of volunteering whilst traveling abroad in developing countries. One of the more popular forms is orphanage tourism, which includes day trips to […]
The standard business model in the voluntourism industry is an outsourcing model where international sending organizations or travel agencies pass the responsibility on to local partners, in many cases small grassroots NGOs. If you ever wondered how these cooperations are designed and which consequences local NGOs have to face – here are the answers – which may suprise you.
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 […]
Voluntourism and review websites highlights: ivhq reviews and abroadreview.com Voluntourism Review platforms such as www.goabroad.com, www.gooverseas.com as well as www.abroadreviews.com and voluntourism companies are closely connected as they benefit from each other. For years there have been rumors that International Volunteer HQ is connected to one of them, the review and advertising platform www.abroadreview.com which contains plenty of ivhq reviews and comments. Finally, we were able to carve out some strong indicators such as same names and ip adresses. After reviewing our work, we feel that they are strong enough to proof connections. A good friend of the IVHQ Director and the review website owner are named Nathan Kelly. Both, the friend of the IVHQ Director and the review website owner […]
This video is a short animated piece from the Australian made documentary, The Orphan Business, which was shot in Cambodia. The video describes very well how children become through voluntourism a product that is high in demand. The orphanage is the shop and voluntourists pay money to international voluntourism agencies to get to hug, teach and to be pictured with them. New orphanages open up, as the demand for organizations, volunteer travel companies and tourists is higher than the supply . Other orphanages have to search for additional children to satisfy the great amount of voluntourists at the institution. The ending of the video describes how it is common practice that broker […]
After this playlist you might not want to volunteer in an orphanage again. In this playlist you find documentaries and videos about the orphan industry in Cambodia and Nepal from 2008 to 2015. The videos connect the increasing number of orphanages in Cambodia and Nepal to the adoption industry, voluntourism industry, helping tourists and the huge and lucrative NGO sector. Children have been sent to orphanages with the promise of food, shelter and an education. Still, many undercover scenes and interviews proof that the vulnerability is often not taken away through institutional care. You will find in this playlist scene about the arrest of pedophiles, interviews with children who were […]
VoFair: Volunteer Fairly is a south american based NGO trying to bring quality standards to volunteer projects using a individual designed certification system. The organization stands for values and quality standards within the voluntourism industry and has a very informative website. VoFair also runs a facebook page they use to inform about volunteering, voluntourism, general topics, development cooperation and their own organization. Their Facebook page is on occasion a litle quite, where as the twitter page used to be active but has been silent since June.