Thanks for sharing this :) For me the real question is: how do we get more people engaged in work that creates real outcomes for those who are living in poverty? I think the best way forward is to accept that many people will do it for the wrong reasons, but perhaps that’s better than doing nothing.
Do you think charging for the experience would help? Another commenter made this point, and in my early experiences I would pay for things like homestays with a local family, which offset the cost of hosting a volunteer. Just a thought..
Wow. Thanks for sharing this. I thought the NYT had better fact-checking.
Do you think the argument still stands, though? And what do you think about services like Telegram — should those messages be monitored or is that borderline McCarthyism?