voluntourism

The Day I Didn't Volunteer with Refugees in Greece

The Day I Didn't Volunteer with Refugees in Greece

It wasn't that obvious, the collection of dark green and blue tarpaulins, almost hidden behind a stone wall along the southern ring road around the Chios castle, but it was the white ones with the UNHCR logo that gave it away. I had never seen a refugee camp before.

One of the reasons I chose to visit Chios in Greece, of all the country's 1200 habitable islands, was because of the refugees here. For the past year I have been following the news stories about refugees from the Middle East that have reached Greece's shores, and with its close proximity to Turkey, Chios has had a large flow of these migrants.

Volunteers Unleashed Film: The Controversy Behind the Scenes

BC filmmaker Brad Quenville created a documentary to highlight some of the controversies behind voluntourism, volunteering abroad. The film, Volunteers Unleashed, was inspired by his daughter's own trip to Tanzania. "The way that the voluntourism industry operates, " he told the Delta Optimist, "is that it's trying to cater to the volunteer. It isn't necessarily catering to the needs of the local people as much as it's catering to the needs of the volunteer, making sure...