Border Force reflect on our campaign at London Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick airports to dissuade travellers from visiting orphanages on holiday
For Anti-Slavery Week 2022, we’re launching the #EndOrphanageTourism campaign. Hear Sophie’s story of why she will never volunteer at an orphanage again.
Read part 1 in a series of 3 blog posts by Regional Advocacy Manager Stephen Ucembe. Here he explores voluntourism and how orphanages pretend to help children.
Most people who volunteer overseas genuinely want to do something meaningful and experience a new culture. But often they are doing more harm than good.
Better Care Network NL’s Wees Wijs campaign acknowledges voluntourism can be harmful to children in orphanages.
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.
How volunteering in an orphanage could be hurting the people you’re there to help.