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  • One absolute rule volunteers should never break

    I write this blog to my 18-year-old-self. She wanted to make a difference and see more of the world, but she was also pretty clueless and she knew she’d probably mess up somehow. There are so many horror stories about ignorant voluntourists, whether they’re building sub-standard schools that get torn down, or just being unwittingly culturally […]

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  • “The Voluntourist” documentary: Gap yahs and good intentions

    Recently I watched a talking heads documentary on voluntourists. Not that one. It’s easy to think that most volunteers are like the “gap yah” guy: ignorant, unshakingly convinced by their own do-gooding, and constantly taking exploitative photos with locals for their next Facebook update. The Voluntourist is a series of interviews with volunteers and NGO workers […]