Voluntour Stories

Voluntourism combines volunteering with tourism activities. Volunteer.org defines voluntourism as “the conscious, seamlessly integrated combination of voluntary service to a destination and the best, traditional elements of travel - arts, culture, geography, history and recreation - in that destination." 
Some characteristics of voluntourism include: short-term, no experience required, participation fees, a company-run program, and a focus on the voluntourist’s experience.
Essentially, voluntourism has volunteers do work that provide little to no help for communities.
Click on the images for more information about the different types of voluntourism and the programs offered. 
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People want to feel good about volunteering; this voluntourism company created a trip to do just that.


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Marketed as volunteer work, the organization falsely labels its tourism excursion.

Explore China 

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Volunteers are unaware of the host of problems they cause by spending time in orphanages overseas.

Orphan Tourism

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Organizations send unlicensed and unskilled volunteers to perform medical procedures on patients overseas. 

Medical Trips