The idea of responsible and aware volunteering contines to grow – more and more organizations and media question the real impact on voluntourism. Check out the videos and documentaries related to the movement.
People & Power : Cambodia’s Orphan Business
Al Jazeera 2012
People & Power investigates the concept of “voluntourism” which is inadvertently doing more harm than good to Cambodian children, as well as the disturbing trend of exploitation by some companies that organise volunteers or run orphanages.
101 East – Cambodia’s orphan tourism
Al Jazeera 2011
With more than 600,000 orphans in Cambodia, we look at the booming business behind the country’s orphanages.
Voluntourism: Helping or Hurting?
Travel and altruism combine in voluntourism: the act of volunteering and traveling abroad. Critics argue that oftentimes these volunteers have a lack of training or understanding of the culture they visit. Advocates say the impacts are minimal.
What’s wrong with volunteer travel?: Daniela Papi at TEDxOxbridge
Great talk of Daniela Pepi who spent 6 years in Cambodia observing the growth of orphanage tourism and voluntourism.
Medical Voluntourism in ‘Shangri-La’? David Citrin at TEDxVictoriaHarbour
In this talk, Dave will share why the potential long-term impacts of short-term medical care require further consideration in an era of renewed global health efforts. David has been conducting research in Nepal since 2001. His personal experiences as a medical voluntourist working with NGOs to coordinate “health camps” led him to critically examine the possibilities and limits for our desires to ‘do good’ abroad.
Top Documentary Films 2013
Each year, around 60 children are adopted out of Nepal and into the United States and Europe. Under international pressure in 2010, adoption laws were tightened. But there are indications that children continue to be illegally trafficked into the West.