Somehow I’ve become the bearer of bad news. Due to my TEDx talk on the problems with volunteer travel and much of my prior writing on the subject, I now frequently get asked to write about issues in the voluntourism sector. I’d like to start with a disclaimer: I don’t think volunteering is bad. I don’t think “voluntourists” are bad. And I don’t think volunteer travel companies are bad. In fact, I’ve been and done all of the above: taken volunteer trips around the world, founded a volunteer travel company which we later transitioned to a development education company, and continue to support the employment of interns on a volunteer bases in some of the projects I work with.Read more
As responsible travellers, we know we have an impact on the places and the people we visit.
Our actions impact the lives of children working and living in tourist areas. The Child Safe Tourism campaign aims to arm us with knowledge and information on the simple things each of us can do in order to be a child safe traveller.
No matter where we are in the world, we each have a responsibility towards children; especially in keeping them safe from abuse. Children in tourist areas are especially vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Sometimes without realising it, we may do things that inadvertently keep children exposed to a cycle of abuse. So it’s important we know how to take simple actions to minimize harm to children and help create a Child Safe Tourism industry.
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Travellers to South East Asia want the tourism industry to take more action to protect children from exploitation, according to a new report issued by Project Childhood Prevention Pillar - an Australian aid initiative implemented by World Vision - in partnership with the University of Western Sydney.Read more
The abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation of children is alarmingly widespread, and the impact of these experiences on children are immediate, long lasting, and often devastating. UNICEF’s ground-breaking research report released in late 2012, Child Maltreatment: Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences in the East Asia and Pacific Region, confirmed these trends. The report presented the findings of an innovative systematic review of 364 studies published between 2000-2010 on the prevalence, incidence and consequences of child maltreatment in the region.Read more