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Paved with Good Intentions? The Orphanage Tourism Business and New Zealand’s Role

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Global service Partnerships vs Voluntourism: Research insights

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 […]

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Don’t Create More Orphans – 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. 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 […]

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Orphanage volunteering: Advice from Better Volunteering Better Care

Orphanage volunteering is a very comman way to spend a voluntourism trip abroad. You have thought to volunteer in an orphanage as well? Well, then this website is for you. Better Volunteering Better Care is an outstanding and extremely informative initiative full of academical work with the goal to educate and advocate on voluntourism and it`s (mainly negative) impact on orphanages. A Global working group has been established to connect and support those working on this issue. The working group is full of very well known organizations that took a stand against orphanage volunteering. Responsible Volunteering in orphanages means for us, to work only in institutional care if you have the qualifications, […]

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ABC Head First – Orphanage Tourism short clip

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 […]

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