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 […]
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!
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 […]
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.