SHOULD YOU VISIT AN ORPHANAGE?

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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 […]

Child Rights Impacts in Travel and Tourism

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The tourism industry has huge potential to positively impact children’s rights. That the sector accounts for one in every eleven jobs is just one reason why tourism features in three of the new Sustainable Development Goals, the success of which will determine outcomes for children all around the world from now until 2030. To truly […]

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 […]

Help us Stop Orphanage Tourism

Donate to this campaign The petition will be used to persuade tour operators to end voluntourism placements in orphanages, which is why it is important as many people as possible sign the petition. Please circulate the petition to your friends, family and professional networks and consider donating towards our efforts to publicise this issue: help us […]

Exploitation of children

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Around the world, between 13 and 19 million people under the age of 18 work in an occupation tied to tourism, according to the ILO. This represents some 10-15% of the tourism workforce. Underpinning these high numbers is poverty. For children from families too poor to send them to school, tourism can present opportunities to […]

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) […]

Are tourists fuelling the orphanage industry?

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Every year thousands of volunteers and tourists are lured to giving love to children in need around the developing word. In the past decade the number of orphan children has declined worldwide, however the increasing number of orphanages in many developing countries matches the rising numbers of tourists. In many parts of the world orphanages […]

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