Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism (And Tell All Tour Companies to Do the Same)

In her entry on the Huffington Post Blog, Daniela Papi writes about the discussions that took place at the  World Travel Mart Responsible Tourism Day related to child protection and orphanage tourism. She explains the dangers of orphanage tourism and orphanage volunteering (or “voluntourism”) and the “staggering amount of child rights violations being perpetrated every day by global tourism operators” who are potentially unaware of the the corrupt business of orphanages and orphanage tourism, “fueling the separation of children and parents, keeping kids out of school to entertain tourists and aiding corruption by adults who are using these children to profiteer.”