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Child Rights Impacts in Travel and Tourism

Child Rights Impacts in Travel and Tourism

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 ...

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Help us Stop Orphanage Tourism

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 ...

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Orphanage Tourism

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. ...

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Exploitation of children

Exploitation of children

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 ...

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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 ...

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Should I 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 ...

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