Is volunteer tourism ethical?

Yes, because it raises international awareness about real problems.
23% (12 votes)
Yes, because international volunteers can help local communities.
74% (39 votes)
No, because it is against human dignity to use poverty as a tourist attraction.
2% (1 vote)
No, because international volunteers are more interested in taking selfies of themselves than really helping poor people.
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 53

Comments

I think voluntary tourism is ethical. In most cases, participants in "voluntourism" programs will pay a fee to an international or local organization, and the company will place them as volunteers on a variety of projects, usually ranging from education to health to human rights. Volunteers are supposedly providing needed aid for these communities, and are "doing good" for the communities they are attempting to serve. One strong concern in volunteer tourism programs is that volunteers come in unskilled and unqualified for the positions, and because their projects are usually short-term, create dependency and lack of continuity for the host communities. However, one positive externality toward the host communities is an economic gain. Regardless of whether volunteers accomplish goals of helping, or create a dependence, or have superficial or paternalistic relationship, they are putting money into developing countries which ultimately will help these countries in the long run.
Total votes: 12
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I believe that the whole world community should solve the problems that arise together. If a person has opportunity but don't have any money or not enough one, what can he do? This problem should be solve through to create a spetial fund in every country. Such fund can include the money non-profit organisations, private person and etc.
Total votes: 7
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Volunteers are supposedly providing needed aid for these communities, and are “doing good” for the communities they are attempting to serve. One strong concern in volunteer tourism programs is that volunteers come in unskilled and unqualified for the positions, and because their projects are usually short-term, create dependency and lack of continuity for the host communities. Furthermore, due to lack of skills “volunteers are often forced to take a vacation (travel, read, hang out in expat bars) because they lack the necessary skills or institutional framework to perform a meaningful social function abroad.” However, one positive externality toward the host communities is an economic gain. Regardless of whether volunteers accomplish goals of ‘helping,’ or create a dependence, or have superficial or paternalistic relationship, they are putting money into developing countries – which ultimately will help these countries in the long run. Even if relationships were not, as some argue, superficial or condescending, and there were no tensions between communities, this “giving back” mentality presents a dependency on outside assistance that is not always sustainable, and occasionally is undesired assistance, stemming primarily from a lack of knowledge of how to do what is actually needed.
Total votes: 6
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It destroys the barriers between different people and allow to solve the problem as quickly as possible and in an easy way. Certain people can help the whole tribe solve a certain problem In my opinion, unite of common experience and knowledge for a certain purpose is a progress
Total votes: 5
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I strongly believe that volunteer tourism is one of the best ways to help increase world welfare. Volunteering will always be a rescue gate for underdeveloped localities because they can attract many benefits from volunteers that can help them develop. And this development process is reciprocal for both volunteers and those on whom this process is exerted. Moreover, through volunteering, the real problems of underdeveloped areas can be publicized internationally, and mediation can be found through non-governmental organizations and beyond.
Total votes: 5
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The volunteer tourism has, undoubtedly, reached its momentum in the past years, due to the multiple initiatives and strategies from different actors, not only governments (we can talk here mostly about the civil socienty through a very big and still increasing number of NGOs, but there are also corporate initiatives that sustains the fight against the world's problems. Since 2015 (when the UN officials have signed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and when they have identified 17 specific Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030), the international awareness on the real problems of the world has reached an important point. The number of volunteering initiatives and shared projects and programs has increased exponentially, as more and more people have been exposed to acknowledging that the world is way bigger than their personal, maybe insignificant problems such as outdated computer or smartphone, or not the latest fashion trends in the closet. The question of ethic raised through this question is wrong because of a sophism. If the international experiences are not focused on helping and developing the local host communities, they cannot be refered to as volunteering experiences. Volunteering is, by default, an act of compassion (and here are multiple facets of compassion) and an act of commitment to the world as a whole or to the local communities as part of the whole. Raising awareness on the world's problems is just a side effect of the volunteer tourism, but, as stated above, the essence of volunteering is the impact that it brings, no matter if we talk about local volunteering or the international one.
Total votes: 5
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I think that's right, because international volunteers can help local communities. Typically, such volunteers have their own resources or involve additional ones. They have a wider network of acquaintances, contacts and experiences than the people they come to, which allows you to solve the most acute problems quickly and effectively. Volunteer tourism can not be called unethical, since it is mainly aimed at reviewing the real world situation and is one of the most important problem-solving drivers. In addition, these volunteers completely change their perspective on their own lives.
Total votes: 5
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A volunteer toursism attracts people because of different reasons. In time, when Facebook, Twitter and other social networking services are extremely popular, it is not strange that some volunteers post some photos there. Undoubtedly, there are many students who applies for volunteering because of traveling and making selfies. In spite of it their unconsciousnesse notices problems of people from third world countries during these trips. As a result they, become more awareness about real problems and start value more what they have already had in their lives. And even if they post selfies it could inspire their peers to join this mission.
Total votes: 5
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Volunteering is a noble act through which you help fellow humans in need but we can't turn a blind eye to the bussines posibility presented in those videos.TThe key to making sure your volunteering abroad is useful, efficient and positive for both parties is being honest about what skills you really have to offer as a volunteer, and careful research into where these skills might be used most effectively.Most students bring few relevant skills to their volunteer sites. They are not required to commit to long-term involvement either. Instead, volunteers take part in service projects like basic construction, painting, tutoring in English and maths, distributing food, or just being a friend to children perceived as alone and in need of social support.Voluntourism with children also perpetuates the notion of a desperate Africa needing the benevolence of the West. Volunteers are led to imagine that their engagement directly addresses suffering. Many believe the children they work with don’t have any other social systems to support them materially or socially.The problems outlined here do not necessarily mean that volunteer work should be abandoned. In an increasingly violent and xenophobic world, these kinds of cross-cultural engagement can help people understand and appreciate each other.
Total votes: 7
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I totally support the idea of tourism volunteer in poor countries, and like my colleague Sanda said, you can combine the joy of traveling with the satisfaction of helping people who are in danger. Also, i think, living near them its a great experience, knowing their habits and culture. But on the other hand i don't think this can help these countries to solve all their problems, this volunteer tourism is temporary, and after the volunteers leave, danger can be restored to the underprivileged people.
Total votes: 6
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