By SAIH Norway
“Originally published on Everyday Feminism.”
“I’m gonna feed you!”
Many people think of volunteering abroad as a good thing – but have you considered the actual impact it can have?
Before you sign up for a well-meaning trip to a developing country, check out this video from SAIH Norway. It’s a hilarious demonstration of the problem with “voluntourism” – when people from Western countries do humanitarian work abroad without much knowledge of the communities they’re working in.
Watch as Lilly competes on a game show for a chance to “save Africa” – symbolizing how humanitarian volunteers, who are often young and white, may not be as helpful as they think.
We hope this gives you an idea of how “charity” work can cause more harm than good by perpetuating stereotypes, “white savior” complexes, and misunderstandings about other cultures.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism