Good Intentions Gone Bad: The Problem with ‘Voluntourism’

In college, I was lucky enough to participate in the Semester at Sea program via the University of Virginia. Along with 500 other international college students, I took a ship more than 24,000 nautical miles (or approximately 27,000 regular miles) around the world.

One of our ports of call was Ghana, and because of my affinity for service work I was connected with a small group that was invited to participate in a three-day volunteer homestay in the Senase Village near the Ivory Coast for the price of $300 USD.  The village was extremely rural and self-sustainable. There would be no plumbing or running water. The way they disposed of their trash was by throwing it into a giant, two story pile near the outskirts of the village. I walked past this pile every day while staying in Senase. On the second day, I saw a dead dog unceremoniously dumped on the side. On the third, the dog was gone: dinner.

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March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 
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Explore Newshound March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 
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Explore Newshound March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 
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Explore Newshound March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 
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Explore Newshound March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 
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Explore Newshound March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 
via National Geographic
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Explore Newshound March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 
via National Geographic
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Explore Newshound March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 
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March 17, 2014: India celebrates the end of winter with the Festival of Colors 

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One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu One of our favorite things: food art. This time in the form of miniature worlds. 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/jan/15/miniature-world-food-art?CMP=fb_gu
“Seeing people who have lost their homes, who have seen their neighbours and families killed, is difficult and humbling. I’m not a doctor, or an aid worker, and when faced with the scale of South Sudan’s unraveling, a camera can feel like a hopelessly inadequate tool. Ultimately, though, I think these stories need to be told. As a journalist it’s our duty to show people the cost of conflict in human terms, to people they’ve never heard of and will never meet.”
“Every first draft is perfect, because all a first draft has to do is exist.”

Jane Smiley (via inspired-to-write)

^Yeah!!!!!!!

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CANONBAIL

wordbirds:

(V.) ‘kan-nun-bayl  To intend to read great works of literature, but to end up reading Us Weekly, tabloids, thrillers and the like. Usage: Courtney ambitiously packed “Moby Dick” for her East Hampton visit, but canonbailed at Penn Station and bought In Style and People instead. 

—§ An old favorite, CANONBAIL appears in the Wordbirds book, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel—§

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SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.
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SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.
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wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.
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wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.
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wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.
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wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.
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wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.
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wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis
Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.
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wetheurban:

SPOTLIGHT: Visual Artist Brock Davis

Brock Davis is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work.

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If the world were reduced to a village of 100 people… it’s a lot easier to visualize the diversity and inequality that exists. Some of the statistics are quite shocking (like the rarity of computers).
To see more of Toby Ng’s minimalistic infographics visit 
www.toby-ng.com/graphic-design/the-world-of-100/ If the world were reduced to a village of 100 people… it’s a lot easier to visualize the diversity and inequality that exists. Some of the statistics are quite shocking (like the rarity of computers).
To see more of Toby Ng’s minimalistic infographics visit 
www.toby-ng.com/graphic-design/the-world-of-100/ If the world were reduced to a village of 100 people… it’s a lot easier to visualize the diversity and inequality that exists. Some of the statistics are quite shocking (like the rarity of computers).
To see more of Toby Ng’s minimalistic infographics visit 
www.toby-ng.com/graphic-design/the-world-of-100/ If the world were reduced to a village of 100 people… it’s a lot easier to visualize the diversity and inequality that exists. Some of the statistics are quite shocking (like the rarity of computers).
To see more of Toby Ng’s minimalistic infographics visit 
www.toby-ng.com/graphic-design/the-world-of-100/ If the world were reduced to a village of 100 people… it’s a lot easier to visualize the diversity and inequality that exists. Some of the statistics are quite shocking (like the rarity of computers).
To see more of Toby Ng’s minimalistic infographics visit 
www.toby-ng.com/graphic-design/the-world-of-100/ If the world were reduced to a village of 100 people… it’s a lot easier to visualize the diversity and inequality that exists. Some of the statistics are quite shocking (like the rarity of computers).
To see more of Toby Ng’s minimalistic infographics visit 
www.toby-ng.com/graphic-design/the-world-of-100/ If the world were reduced to a village of 100 people… it’s a lot easier to visualize the diversity and inequality that exists. Some of the statistics are quite shocking (like the rarity of computers).
To see more of Toby Ng’s minimalistic infographics visit 
www.toby-ng.com/graphic-design/the-world-of-100/

If the world were reduced to a village of 100 people… it’s a lot easier to visualize the diversity and inequality that exists. Some of the statistics are quite shocking (like the rarity of computers).

To see more of Toby Ng’s minimalistic infographics visit 

www.toby-ng.com/graphic-design/the-world-of-100/

Artist Simon Beck doesn’t paint or draw to create his masterpieces. His method: walking (for miles upon miles). His medium: snow (fresh, of course).
In a valley of Mont Blanc, and with carefully placed footsteps, Beck creates wonderful mathematical designs that call to mind the colored sand mandalas of Tibetan buddhists. 
It takes a special kind of compulsion to make these ephemeral works of art, but fortunately we have these aerial photographs to marvel at them while they last.
http://www.viralnova.com/simon-beck-snow-art/ Artist Simon Beck doesn’t paint or draw to create his masterpieces. His method: walking (for miles upon miles). His medium: snow (fresh, of course).
In a valley of Mont Blanc, and with carefully placed footsteps, Beck creates wonderful mathematical designs that call to mind the colored sand mandalas of Tibetan buddhists. 
It takes a special kind of compulsion to make these ephemeral works of art, but fortunately we have these aerial photographs to marvel at them while they last.
http://www.viralnova.com/simon-beck-snow-art/ Artist Simon Beck doesn’t paint or draw to create his masterpieces. His method: walking (for miles upon miles). His medium: snow (fresh, of course).
In a valley of Mont Blanc, and with carefully placed footsteps, Beck creates wonderful mathematical designs that call to mind the colored sand mandalas of Tibetan buddhists. 
It takes a special kind of compulsion to make these ephemeral works of art, but fortunately we have these aerial photographs to marvel at them while they last.
http://www.viralnova.com/simon-beck-snow-art/ Artist Simon Beck doesn’t paint or draw to create his masterpieces. His method: walking (for miles upon miles). His medium: snow (fresh, of course).
In a valley of Mont Blanc, and with carefully placed footsteps, Beck creates wonderful mathematical designs that call to mind the colored sand mandalas of Tibetan buddhists. 
It takes a special kind of compulsion to make these ephemeral works of art, but fortunately we have these aerial photographs to marvel at them while they last.
http://www.viralnova.com/simon-beck-snow-art/ Artist Simon Beck doesn’t paint or draw to create his masterpieces. His method: walking (for miles upon miles). His medium: snow (fresh, of course).
In a valley of Mont Blanc, and with carefully placed footsteps, Beck creates wonderful mathematical designs that call to mind the colored sand mandalas of Tibetan buddhists. 
It takes a special kind of compulsion to make these ephemeral works of art, but fortunately we have these aerial photographs to marvel at them while they last.
http://www.viralnova.com/simon-beck-snow-art/ Artist Simon Beck doesn’t paint or draw to create his masterpieces. His method: walking (for miles upon miles). His medium: snow (fresh, of course).
In a valley of Mont Blanc, and with carefully placed footsteps, Beck creates wonderful mathematical designs that call to mind the colored sand mandalas of Tibetan buddhists. 
It takes a special kind of compulsion to make these ephemeral works of art, but fortunately we have these aerial photographs to marvel at them while they last.
http://www.viralnova.com/simon-beck-snow-art/

Artist Simon Beck doesn’t paint or draw to create his masterpieces. His method: walking (for miles upon miles). His medium: snow (fresh, of course).

In a valley of Mont Blanc, and with carefully placed footsteps, Beck creates wonderful mathematical designs that call to mind the colored sand mandalas of Tibetan buddhists. 

It takes a special kind of compulsion to make these ephemeral works of art, but fortunately we have these aerial photographs to marvel at them while they last.

http://www.viralnova.com/simon-beck-snow-art/

oh-woah:

the realest picture I’ve ever seen

We could certainly use a wifi tree in the office right now. #Internet down. It’s like an addiction, since everyone is more harried without it.

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