Episode
May 13, 2015

Selfies or Selfless: The politics of volunteer tourism

How can international volunteers turn a multi-billion industry into a sustainable force for good?
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Nepal’s earthquake has renewed interest in international volunteer tourism as good samaritans line up to help. It’s one of many “voluntourism” opportunities that let people pay big money to experience a different culture and do good. But is the multi-billion-dollar industry serving the host communities as much as the volunteers? At 19:30 GMT, The Stream asks what responsible voluntourism looks like.
 

On this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Daniela Papi-Thornton @danielapapi
Founder, Learning Service
learningservice.info

Tyler Andrews @STRIVETrips
Director, Strive Trips
strivetrips.org

Rachel Scott @rachelvscott
Student, University of Southern California  

Jingting “Lily” Kang @LilyKang27
Student, University of Notre Dame

What do you think? How can international volunteers serve communities without exploiting them? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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