When Covid hit, strict lockdown measures meant Valerie could no longer go to work. A Community Volunteer discovered that Valerie had no money left for food or water, and alerted our team who co-ordinated emergency support for her family.
Even if we know that in the right circumstances, volunteer tourism provides significant benefits for both the volunteers and the communities that receive them but we need to be absolutely clear: volunteering in an orphanage abroad is a bad idea.
It is increasingly important to address how volunteers and travellers tell their story on, to make sure that language and images are used to make a positive impact and break stereotypes, rather than reinforce them.
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