April 22, 2014

The White Tourist's Burden

Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera

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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.

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TAGGED: South Africa, Peace Corps, Voluntourism, Africa, Haiti, Cambodia

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