Voluntourism is a form of tourism in which travellers participate in voluntary work, usually for a charity.
This often involves teaching, medical missions and doing construction in poor countries.
Would you participate in this activity?
If I had skills that an overseas charity was looking for I might (later, once my children are grown) but I wouldn't want to be a burden on a charity who would have to waste time training me up if they need people with particular skills. I have read that sometimes that kind of thing can do more harm than good unfortunately.
YES, and I have for 10 years.
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience within any industry.
I began volunteering with various organisations who are involved in Events, as a way to get into concerts for free :) worked very well.
Volunteering began my career in Events, and now I get PAID to see concerts!
I think it's a great idea. I have friends who go to Kenya every summer to teach and help with other vital activities. Another friend is getting ready to fly to Uganda, for similar purposes. Much better way to spend your holiday and justify all those air miles than just lazing around in a luxury hotel and never engaging with the people and country you are visiting.
I'm proud to be a volunteer! I know that in Australia, volunteers are a valuable part of the overall economy. Their work is often ignored and downgraded, but volunteers are always there to do what has to be done.