According to The Daily Telegraph, a "row broke out when an aid project they signed up for via Instagram descended into chaos". Read more here. The story continues to describe the sham development project: "Volunteers complained of being left without beds or food and in some cases accommodation entirely as promised stays were cut short."
Australia continues to be a world leader in spreading basic human rights around the world. Australia is proud to be the first country to recognise orphanage tourism as a form of slavery as part of the Modern Slavery Bill.
This Kenyan OpEd by Simon Njoroge paints a staggering picture of violations of human rights by child institutions. It also shows decades of research have shown that the institutionalisation of children harms their cognitive, social, and intellectual development. Further, those who recruit children into unscrupulous homes should be charged in court and if found guilty.
Traverse Journeys provides a helpful guide for "When Children Sell: Ethical Tips for Travelers". Use this as a resource to better understand the realities facing children in the developing world and how best to support the children and their longterm journey to a healthy fulfilling adult life. This resource provides a number of tips, including being a "Childsafe Traveler".
This Guardian Podcast explains the trials and tribulations of a holiday helping out in an orphanage. For many it can be a rewarding experience, but voluntourism often supports a system that is breaking up families
Catalyst Services probes deep into the question of childhood institutionalization by asking the difficult question: "Are we serving orphans?" This analysis looks deep into the sad truth of child orphans and how best to deploy those caring enough to dedicate their time, effort, energy, and resources to volunteer those less-fortunate.