Tag Archives: Voluntourism

Peace Corps (Volunteers) Turn 51: Baby Boomers & the Changing Face of Volunteering Abroad


Baby boomers are still asking ‘What can I do for my country (and my world)?’ and the answer is, probably a lot more than they could when they were twenty. Peace Corps and Bonnie Lee Black have something in common: age. Peace Corps celebrated its 51st anniversary in March this year; Bonnie was 51 when she closed […]

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Poverty Tourism: A Debate in Need of Typological Nuance


Each year hundreds, if not thousands of short-term volunteers go to all corners of the earth to dig trenches, paint churches, construct latrines, … Each year dozens, if not scores of bloggers aim derision, destain, and disgust at them.

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The Future of Voluntourism


One has to wonder where this leaves vulnerable communities. When making a profit drives business decisions over traditional service values like “do no harm” or community agency, one has to be a bit pessimistic about that the impact of the volunteer service.

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