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Voluntourism: Helping or Hurting?

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Published on Jul 15, 2011

Spending two weeks on the beach basking in the sun is a common way to enjoy spring break vacation. But in the past decade, many young Canadians are opting to lend a helping hand in the developing world instead. Travel and altruism combine in voluntourism: the act of volunteering and traveling abroad. Critics argue that oftentimes these volunteers have a lack of training or understanding of the culture they visit. Advocates say the impacts are minimal. How is voluntourism shaping the Canadian image abroad?

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