SHOULD YOU VISIT AN ORPHANAGE?

Visiting an orphanage has become part of the itinerary for many travellers, especially in places such as Cambodia, where some orphanages even promote themselves as  ‘tourist attractions’. Luke Gracie, Alternative Care Manager from Friends International explains some of the issues travellers should consider: There are quite a lot of orphanages across Cambodia. There are also quite […]

Residential care perspectives: orphanage tourism in Cambodia

The growing popularity of international volunteering has led to the trend of orphanage tourism, whereby people take time to volunteer at or visit an orphanage while visiting a foreign country. The literature on volunteer tourism is growing but mainly focuses on the volunteer and to a lesser extent on the host communities, and the literature […]

Orphanage Tourism

Volunteering in orphanages is bad for children! In the past decade the number of orphan children has declined worldwide, whereas the number of orphanages in many developing countries has risen in response to the demand from tourists wishing to volunteer. Orphanages have become a tourist attraction and a ‘bucket list’ volunteering opportunity. Unfortunately the resulting rise in […]

Why I stopped being a Voluntourist

Pippa Biddle reflects on her experience in Tanzania: White people aren’t told that the colour of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighbourhoods, and are generally understood to be predisposition for success based on a physical characteristic (the colour of our skin) […]

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