learning service = trips where you are learning to serve AFTER you leave
Voluntourism: Predicting rain 1)Band-aid solutions 2)Forgetting volunteers are NOT free 3)Focusing on things to solve problems 4)Poor monitoring 5)Skilled jobs to the unskilled 6)Forgetting the REST of the trip 7)Fostering moral imperialism
Travel with us an make a difference! Come support this organization! Traveling with us means you are HELPING THE WORLD! Join our SERVICE trip! Come help them! Buy our trip and help this orphanage!. HONEST MARKETING!!! 4 #
A large part of what people know about developing countries comes from fundraising campaigns & travel advertising
5 # Sell based on LEARNING and FIT not traveler demand Help them put their GOOD INTENTIONS to good use
Sometimes we create aid projects just to let people feel they are helping.
You know, Americans always want to paint things. They want to paint buildings, so we have a building we let them paint. Usually we have to repaint the walls after the Americans leave because they dont do a very good job. -- Remarks from an African leader who felt that letting visiting Americans paint allowed them to feel like they accomplished something even though it was unnecessary (excerpt from Rethinking Short-Term Missions for Long- Term Impact by Mary Faultds)
Are we selling what people want? Or do people want what we are selling?
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