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The Voluntourist Documentary

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 […]

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Head First Documentary: The Orphanage Business in Cambodia

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 […]

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Al Jazeera Series about the Voluntourism industry

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 […]

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Intercultural Education Campaigns

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!

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Documentaries about Voluntourism

Here you find a selection of documentaries about voluntourism or their trailers. A traveler volunteered his way around and kept is memories in a documentary (and book). The other videos, especially the trailers are very basic and give you only a brief idea about the challenges in South America or Nepal. If you skip a playlist, this might be the one and look for the full documentaries. Don`t forget to let us know if you find them!. Oh, and also don`t miss the video “the Voluntourist”, definitely a must watch.

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Talk shows and presentations about Voluntourism

This playlist contains some outstanding talk shows and presentations  as well TED talks. Some brilliant speakers speak about their voluntourism experiences and give plenty of outstanding food for thoughts. A very thought-provoking speaker talks about his voluntourism experience in the United States and other videos show some pretty good conversation filled with experts, development workers and researches. This playlist will not only give you some great new ideas but also inspire you. Yes, the videos are quite long but every minute is worth watching them! We highly recommend you to watch the first three videos which include former volunteers, a development worker from Cambodia and an extremely interesting discussion.  

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Educational campaigns about the harm Voluntourism can cause

This playlist contains some videos from ordinary people who volunteered and decided to promote Responsible Volunteering as well as some fun campaigns from institutions that deliver their concerns about voluntourism with a lot of humor and sarcasm. We highly recommend yo to watch this video. A young students delivered an important message by turning the issue arround: lets save the United States. In addition you find some videos that a pretty basic, we still included them into this playlist as we thought that they contain some interesting facts and information.    

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