The Leadership Growth Experience: A New Way to Think About Volunteering Abroad
Voluntourism can be harmful to local communities, while primarily benefiting the voluntourists -- maybe even providing them with the perfect profile picture. On the other hand, good intentions exist, and exposure to alternate realities can be valuable. The question is, how do we create a better volunteer model?
“I looked for a sense of reality with everything I did. I didn’t work in a studio, I didn’t light anything. I found a way of working which pleased me because I didn’t have to frighten people with heavy equipment. It was that little black box and me and £5 worth of film in my pocket or maybe it was only £2 in those days.” -Eve Arnold