Kiwi company ends controversial orphanage placements

A New Zealand-based "voluntourism" company has announced it will be removing orphanage volunteer trips from its offerings, according to this article from the New Zealand Herald. The company, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), says it will be phasing out orphanage trips over a 12 month period. The article highlights the awareness-raising and advocacy efforts of UNICEF, Friends International, and other partners to end the practice of orphanage tourism and uses Cambodia as an example of how orphanage tourism and volunteering have contributed to the growing "orphanage industry," which recruits and exploits children.