Where is the Line For Voluntourism?


Audrey Hepburn's films and her remarkable work for UNICEF made her my number one idol throughout adolescence. As an avid lover of traveling and a natural born empath, my desire to visit foreign countries with an interest in aiding humanity came naturally. I grew up watching all the heartbreaking commercials with images of poverty and hunger- stricken children fighting for their lives, "but with a small donation, problems could be instantly resolved." No one was safe from the guilt-inducing effects of these advertisements which claimed quick-fix solutions to "Third World" problems. A similar concept was introduced to me during college, [...]