Voluntourism

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The term ‘Voluntourism’ is a broad term that in simple words means to contribute your time and efforts to working as a volunteer at different destinations. In most such cases, volunteers work in more developing countries on international development programmes with local volunteer organizations that conduct activities such as health promotion, education, sustainable environment, and environmental conservation.

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It is a step to make a change in someone’s life or a change towards the environment. Voluntourism now is a very known term that has increased its popularity across the globe for the past few decades. It has seen the number of volunteers increasing at a very vast speed. Most of the volunteers are of 25-30 years of age. People volunteer for many reasons but seldom does anyone volunteer strictly for monetary reasons, as very few organizations offer a stipend for volunteering. There are many more compelling reasons like exploring the different cultures, interacting with the new people, to experience adventures and activities and moreover learn new things that might help them in their life just like advancing one’s career prospects. Such motivations are common for the younger volunteers who are struggling towards their career and interests.

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A  motivation that is very common to encourage the volunteers is to “make a difference” and to “achieve something positive for others”  who are less fortunate than the volunteer. Many volunteers tend to concur that there are disadvantaged people in their home countries, but the scale of disadvantage outside their home countries is felt to be greater and helping them is their responsibility and duty.

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Volunteering at a home may elicit images of helping the less fortunate, or campaigning with a local pressure group. Whereas, Volunteering abroad has tended to be associated with the international development and bridging the divide between the rich and poor worlds and to raise and aware the people that every individual is same irrespective of the caste, color, class, etc. Volunteering abroad often seems a more worthy contribution in this context to the volunteers and give them a sense of working hard towards making a change than work in their own country. This perspective is particularly true of volunteers who are older and looking for something more value-based as they are near the end of their professional careers or after their children have left home. Since such people are free they chose to spend their leisure time wisely and this is considered one of the most affectionate and overwhelming thought.

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