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 […]
I had a vague notion that teaching is incredibly hard, but the faces of satisfied, invigorated children with their futures brightened by a grasp of basic English beamed at me from the program propaganda and I figured it couldn’t be that bad. I was fantastically wrong.