Voluntourism can be problematic when well-intentioned volunteers engage in short-term, often unskilled activities, leading to potential harm to local communities and perpetuating dependency. They advocate for responsible volunteering practices that prioritize sustainability, cultural sensitivity, and long-term impact for the communities involved.
> A real problem
> Negative outcomes
> Be prepared
> Our solution
A REAL PROBLEM
In the past decade, there has been a significant rise in voluntourism; according to Save the Children every year there are 1.6 million people that go abroad to do volunteer work; it seems a perfect way to combine the luxury of traveling but also feel more connected with a culture and like you are giving back something to the environment you are visiting. However, well-intended volunteering in recent years seems to have had pretty negative outcomes.
WHY WE SAY..
"Do NOT volunteer if you aren't prepared"
LEARN LONG TERM
Courses cater to your purpose. Volunteer with children? Receive child-focused training. Backpacking with sustainability in mind? Engage in lessons on sustainable travel. Doing an internship abroad? Learn about the culture. Our materials include educational videos featuring locals, sharing their expertise on their country, culture, and nature. Discover your destination to the fullest!
SHORT TERM IMPACT
Think Charity as a whole is a crowdfunding platform providing knowledge, tools, and financial aid can help address local needs and create a sustainable impact for vulnerable communities abroad. By raising funds at the micro level for these causes, a greater impact can be achieved. The goal of Think Charity is to inspire you, future volunteers, and travelers to initiate their own crowdfunding campaigns and showcase them on the Think Charity platform.