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DTH Photo Illustration. A program known as 'GIVE' has recently been advertising it's volunteer trips on UNC's campus, but some think the program is actually a form of 'voluntourism.'

Volunteerism or voluntourism? The ethical questions of student volunteering trips

While some students are interested in volunteer and travel opportunities, others find these types of trips problematic. A colloquial term for this phenomenon is "voluntourism," which many say exacerbates a "white savior complex." A good deal of risk can come with international organizations that commercialize humanitarian volunteering, originating from organizations not knowing the impact of their actions on the ground. 



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