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

If we look at the situation from both sides, it can be ethical, beacause volunteer tourism it could really help the local community and poor people. But, on the other hand, i cant imagine how someone could make a profit on that.
Total votes: 7
Peer vote

I am volunteer for 4 years at my college and in this time I made charity projects to help other people, families, children that needed food, clothes and so on. The idea of volunteering is that you are helping without expecting in exchange something material like money. Yes, maybe there are bat parts in volunteer tourism like the fact that they are using this thing like an opportunity for promoting themselves. But besides that, they are helping communities, offering support for a change in this world. I consider that volunteer tourism it is ethical and it is important to understand that the people who organize such big things are working hard to get there, but more important is to see how they are help.
Total votes: 5
Peer vote

From my point of view volunteer tourism is ethical because international volunteers can help local communities. The volunteer tourism is a good thing and I consider it offers one of the most important advantages: gives the opportunity to help people who really need it. People who practice voluntourism, besides discovering new places, they can provide support for the development of poor communities. So, we can say that they combine usefulness with pleasure. I think people who post photos with this thing do not get wrong with anything as long as they do not offend people they help, because it can encourage other people to practice voluntourism.
Total votes: 7
Peer vote

I think that volunteer tourism is not just ethical, but also a useful phenomenon, because volunteers can actually solve specific problems of a particular country, region or community, while not having commercial benefits. Volunteer activities are based on human values such as selflessness, mercy and caring for neighbors. That is why, in my opinion, volunteer tourism is ethical.
Total votes: 6
Peer vote

I think that this kind of tourism does not go against ethics, because it allows people who want to help individual communities to provide such assistance. A person who does not realize the importance of such assistance and its complexity will never agree to it. At the same time, often those who want to help do not have the financial capacity to go where their help is needed. Another advantage of this type of tourism is that people from developed economies who were volunteers return to their countries and share others with problems of local communities in other states.
Total votes: 5
Peer vote

In my opinion, volunteer tourism is ethical. International volunteers can help local communities and it has a lot of advantages not only for local communities, but also for us as human. It gives us a different perspective about the world, we would gain experience of life, we would meet new people, new cultures.
Total votes: 6
Peer vote

In my opinion, volunteer tourism plays an important role. International volunteers can help local communities, but this should be done in such a way as not to damage the image of this community. Volnets tourism should be planned in such a way that it was not just for the sake of some kind of photography or fame.
Total votes: 1
Peer vote

These days countries must help each other. Turns out we are more involved in other countrie s problems than ours.
Total votes: 2
Peer vote

Volunteering tourism sounds and looks nice, the idea that people on vacation are willing to take time out of their vacations to meet, help and maybe even create a better future for people in need is great. I understand that there might be problems with these kinds of things as this has become an industry where a handful of people are taking advantage of these situations to make money on the backs of the tourist and the poor people as well, but this is a problem of the country in which these things are happening, if the government will strike laws that will prevent people from taking advantages of these situations imagine how much more good can be done, people on vacation will be able to help others and adding this to the help of say NGO’s this will just increase the changes of that society to grow.
Total votes: 2
Peer vote

In my oppinion volunteer tourism is missunderstood or missapplied because volunteer tourism should be a touris visiting or chosing to stay not in a 4 star resort but in family provided acomodations. A lot of money is spent in the world on campains that talk about volunteer tourism but volunteering to help is not volunteering to be a touris if you can help you should be a qualifien person with knowledge to provide info and finance projects in poor countryes. Spending 1000 euro as a volunteer tourist will not feed the people of that country for a life time.
Total votes: 0
Peer vote