Sustainable tourism is on the rise and those travelers who are passionate about making a difference in the world are highly commendable. At the same time though, we have to recognize that there is not a clear definition of what sustainable tourism actually means. There are often examples of initiatives that are based on good intentions, but are actually more detrimental than beneficial to the communities involved.
One such example of this is volunteering in orphanages, and an organization called Better Volunteering Better Care (BVBC) is working to show how volunteering abroad in orphanages is harmful to children. Their mission according to the website is, “to understand and share information regarding the impact of international volunteering in residential care centres (orphanages) and to raise awareness about the negative effects of volunteering in these settings.” AKA, orphanages may be cute, but attachment problems are not.
According to BVBC, the problem is that volunteering in orphanages is not in the best interest of the children. The vast research the organization has done is explained in this three minute video, that every traveler should watch in order to #StopOrphanTrips:
In case you don’t have three minutes to spare, we’ve summed it up quickly for you here:
To learn more about this issue, you can visit here or here and use the hashtag #StopOrphanTrips to spread the word.
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