April 22, 2014
The White Tourist's Burden
Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera
As admirably altruistic as it sounds, the problem with voluntourism is its singular focus on the volunteer’s quest for experience, as opposed to the recipient community’s actual needs. There is a cost associated with such an endeavor. A 2010 report by the Human Sciences Research Council, based in Pretoria, South Africa, analyzed the thriving AIDS orphan tourism business in South Africa.
TAGGED: South Africa, Peace Corps, Voluntourism, Africa, Haiti, Cambodia