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Why “voluntourism” is harmful

Grab-and-go altruism

By Thomas Dichter  

Trees in the Amazon Rainforest. Dichter writes that ©Phil P Harris

“Voluntourism” is relatively new in the world of travel. A marriage of volunteering and tourism, it is aimed largely at young people looking for a school break alternative to sightseeing, or a gap year experience. As a former director of a US Peace Corps volunteer programme, I find the claims…

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