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The Big Voluntourism Lie

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Just when you think the negative aspects of voluntourism couldn’t get any worse, parts of the gap year industry are greenwashing their travel experiences with the terminology of volunteering in an effort to appeal to a wider market and increase their profit. These are travel experiences where it is volunteering in name only and has zero positive effect for the local community and no relation to any good volunteering practice.

What do you think of these voluntourism companies? Should there be tighter regulations on the voluntourism sector? Should the gap year industry be allowed to greenwash travel experiences like this? What is the answer?

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