In Episode 5 of Coastless, Boyce and Melissa discuss a new article from The Guardian called “The Business of Voluntourism: Do Western Do-Gooders Actually Do Harm?” that discusses some of the pitfalls of voluntourism. The article discusses a study of volunteer efforts in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch and how using “volunteers” from abroad caused the rebuilt homes to cost more.
Boyce and Melissa then have a short discussion on trying to be culturally sensitive when traveling and how to remove yourself if you feel uncomfortable.
Next, they welcome Unbound’s Andrew Kling to the pod to talk about the international not–for–profit organization’s work around the world. Based in Kansas City, Kan., Unbound offers trips to visit some of their project sites. Kling discusses how they organize the trips to be educational as well as respectful to the dignity of the people they serve.
You can find information about Unbound’s trips here: https://www.unbound.org/BottomMenu/Trips
You can follow Unbound on Twitter: @Unboundorg
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Our music is Clap Guitar Rock 4 by AudioDragon licensed through Audiojungle.