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)
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The whole idea of ​​making a profit exposing poverty and needs of a local community is obviously totally wrong. The idea of ​​helping the community with specialized people, with some expertise in their work, under the supervision of an expert in a multi-year relief program(as Andrews Tyler mention in the third movie) for that community makes sense. Simply gathering people from the street to pay important ammount, imagining that they will save through their unskilled work that community( in the conditions in which they have no specialization) is an nonsense and is made just for profit. In this conditions that community does not win anything. p.s. exista la noi vorba aia: "decat sa ii dai pestele deja prins gratuit mai bine invata-l sa il prinda singur!"
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What concrete measures could be taken in order to ensure that the volunteer program works as it should and is not just an excuse to attract tourists? You mention a multi-year relief program and the supervision of an expert as key elements. Could you please elaborate on that? You also mention the need for specialized knowledge by volunteers. What do you understand by that? What kinds of skills would be "helpful" for the local community? Could you please be more specific?
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In every summer romanian bikers have a summer camp where they build homes for flood victims. It is a 10 days camp. Transport and accommodation costs are supported by each. There is a supervisor who prepares all the activities to be deployed and supervises all team members. As a training, all participants need to have minimal knowledge of house construction. They bring their own safety equipment (helmet, gloves, special boots, etc.) and sign for work safety standards.It is a multi annually program. For those families in the community that was hit by the flood is an invaluable help, often those families working side by side with motorcyclists
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In Romania are a lot of families who live only from governments help. Do you think they are entitled to receive help from volunteers in a program like this?
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In my, opinion the right answer is the second. But the main problem with this kind of tourism is the result. According to facts lots of young students with money and a lot of time, enroling in such programs for resume and fun. Offering a short time help for a community by building a home or a school or take care for orphans is not the best option but the easy one. Instead of this, voluntourism can have better results if is address to highly specialized people who care about undeveloped communities. They can see the problems and produce a project or more, offering procedures and, eventually, funds to local authorities to implement their ideas. This kind of partnership is, in my opinion, the best solution. The solution involves both parties and, on long-term, can provide more satisfaction. So as the name says voluntourism is about helping and making this action efficient and continuous.
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I haven`t heard about such a volunteer tourism before. But after watching these videos I realize that this direction becomes very popular. It`s very hard to answer is it ethical or not. On the one hand it could really help the local community, peoples and especially childrens who live in poor countries. Only in the case if volunteer is well trained and could teach someone or provide moral or financial support or even assist in building the schools or houses in oter words trying to find a real solution for local problems. On the other hand I am shocked that someone could make a profit on that. Turning poor countries and their citizens into tourist atraction (especially childrens who have parents but is abandoned by tourist from Western contries and suffer because of that) has a very bad consequences. To my mind volunteer thourism is good and ethical. It should be taken under conrol by some international organization to be really helpful an efficient and should be conducted by people who really interested in it.
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Whilst the conceptual core of this particular "humanitarian" framework is laudabile and the intention behind such projects might, indeed, be noble, the ethical and social implications of any activity that showcases poverty and third world hardships as an alternative to regular tourism are, obviously, reprehensibile and they must be clearly recognised as what they are: " humanitarian pharisaism and false empathy". The "Cambridge Dictionary" defines the activity of volunteering as a gesture to "offer to do something that you do not have to do, often without having been asked to do it and/or without expecting payment". Even if many of these so-called volunteers, do not, typically, expect to be paid for the work they do, the vast majority of them use this experience to bolster their own CV for career advancement, or simply to garner popularity on social media or traditional media. The main ethical point of volunteering is that the time you spend helping others is done for unselfish, uninterested reasons. If even the slightest personal concern hinders this belief, we cannot, in all honesty, define the activity the typical "tourist-volunteer" does as such, we must call it out for what it is; "a short-term job".
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I even don`t understand the reason of such a question. How could volunteer tourism be not ethical? I`ve been exactly that volunteer tourist this summer in China providing education and culture sharing. And believe me that almost all the volunteers that go somewhere with an aim would do their best. Considering a case of volunteer tourism in the poor countries, a volunteer comes not to show his/her superiority but to communicate with that citizens on the same level, try to understand them, to share the points of view and finally to help. According to the idea, that a help is an act of dignity humiliation the World society has to be apathetic and every person has to be selfish and not to think global, just hide in his/her own cave and avoid any interaction. Let`s imagine this situation of "ideal" World with indifferent people. Are you really want to separate The World society into small-small groups with no any interaction?
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In my opinion, volunteer turism helps the comunities but it must be done in a way that would not damage the image of that comunity.
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Yes, because international volunteers can help local communities. In my opinion volunteer turism helps those comunities, helps other people and that it is a good thing. If this volunteet tourism it is done right, not just for the pictures and fame, I think that it is a really good think. We have to help each other.
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