VOLUNTOURISM

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Instead of Being a Voluntourist, Stop Buying Clothes From Sweatshops

The moral values of volunteerism should be encouraged. But it is even more important to understand and act on our ethical duties not to cause harm in the first place, or to benefit from it -- through the clothes we wear, electronics we use, food we consume and governments that we elect. Travel can help us to understand the seriousness of these connections. But the urgent work of addressing these harms needs to take place at home. It requires bright, committed, creative, energetic and compassionate people to act on the connections between our everyday lives and injustices in other parts of the world.
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Changing the World One "Vacation" at a Time

We're spoiled. Face it, when the days monumental decision is about which foamy coffee to order, which patio has the best WiFi, or choosing a playlist for a run around False Creek, we're really agonizing over a collection of serious first world problems. Building communities, and supporting the people directly takes boots on the ground, a willingness to get your hands dirty, a get-it-done attitude, and maybe a little voluntouring.
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Is Voluntourism Really Right for You?

Many of us have volunteered during our travels before, and it seems that many more are considering it with each passing day. For good reason, too. However, choosing which program to participate in requires far more critical thought than choosing which all-inclusive in Mexico to drink at.