Hard, honest look at voluntourism by Lucy Corne

vol.pngLucy Corne’s article, “Is Voluntourism a Dirty Word?” gives a nice overview of volunteering abroad, focusing on the new trend of short-term volunteering, pitfalls and all. For instance, she advises against working directly with children on a short-term basis, since they’ll feel rejected when you move on, potentially doing more harm than good. She offers more good advice throughout, especially the roundup at the end of the article. Enjoy.

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