Is volunteer tourism ethical?

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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

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To tell the truth, I really don’t understood how the voluntarism could be a bad thing, how it’s can cause more harm than good and how it couldn’t be ethical? Because even if you give a small financial support to a one poor family, you can help them to prevent a suffering of starving. But now, after I watched those videos, I really agree that ‘We have to learn before we can help’. When young people are sent abroad for the voluntarism, I’m sure that they think ‘Oh, come on, what can be hard in this activity? I do such a good thing!’ But Stop?! Has anyone with the experience of volunteering explained to those young people how to behave yourself in that poor countries? How to help them MORALLY? Everybody knows that in poor countries, there are many orphanages. And it is actually very difficult to find the right words of support and to establish a relationship. So, in conclusion, I want to say that volunteering is not only financial support or physical assistance, but also a moral one that needs practice!
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I think, that it is great opportunity for people.You use your time and energy to help others while exploring a different country and culture.Volunteering tourism is increasingly popular and it’s important to carefully research the organization you’re considering traveling with. Experience, sustainability, and financial responsibility are essential to running programs that benefit local people. Also, I think people should know how correctly help other people.
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Yes, because international volunteers can help local communities. Volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, is an emerging trend of travel linked to “doing good”. Voluntourists’ ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They simply don’t have the skills. And they can inadvertently perpetuate patronising and unhelpful ideas about the places they visit. .
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