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Best efforts and reality

Posted: 29 Dec 2017, 13:57
by Cabernet
Reading an article on line,
this extract rang close to a case I make.
You Tried: Volunteering in a third-world country to help
Reality: The good intentions are fully there and, hey, sometimes it really will help when there simply isn’t enough manpower to do the job otherwise. However, there are plenty of situations where tourists looking to feel good—commonly known as "voluntourism"—will come in to help but they only end up hurting.

By popping in for a week or two to construct sub-standard buildings, they’re actually taking jobs away from the locals.

Everything from shipping materials to labor will affect their economy since people may not have a job for as long and the materials aren’t coming from local vendors.