I’ve been hearing rumblings about voluntourism. You know, when people go on an adventure to a destination in a developing country and offer to help the locals.
Often with the best intentions, school groups, adult groups and individuals make their way to assist organisations in places like Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand with under researched information and unintended negative consequences. Not realising the impact of their generosity, children in care can be left vulnerable or at worst, and through easy access, exploited.
The words of Jim Wakelam from Commission for Missions, say more than I can write. Please take a look at his piece which appeared in Crosslight earlier this year.