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.

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


April 15, 2014
Pistorius & the Fear That Grips White South Africa
Pierre de Vos, Convo
Pistorius needs to convince the court that his alleged fear of an intruder was not irrational and that his response to this alleged fear was reasonable. That is why he has alleged that he himself has on several occasions been the... more ››
April 14, 2014
Why Haiti Is a Heartbreaking Mess
Ben Fountain, New Republic
That’s how Haiti breaks your heart, with these hits of grace and beauty constantly sailing out of the wreckage. more ››
April 18, 2014
Africa's New Expat Hub
Laura Secorun Palet, Ozy
Rwanda is a small state, barely the size of Belgium, and a tenth of the country’s 11 million people live in the capital. And yet expats are easy to find in Kigali among its one million inhabitants. They tend to gather at... more ››
The first challenge this dismal situation presents is how to protect the refugees until the U.N. force arrives. Most endangered are the country’s Muslims, who became the target of a vicious outbreak of sectarian attacks by... more ››
April 15, 2014
Where the Only Rule Is Terror
Michael Gerson, Washington Post
The tents of displaced people reach nearly up to the runway at the airport -- the first impression of a nation in flight and in fear. Befitting the sectarian cast of the violence in this country, there are two camps, one... more ››