The Dark Side of Rich Kids Volunteering Abroad | Informer

The Dark Side of Rich Kids Volunteering Abroad | Informer

Voluntourism is when primarily western, privileged do-gooders pay for the experience of doing charity work abroad. But according to this ex-voluntourist, the orphanage she thought she was building was actually disassembled and remade throughout the night.

Not only that but children were dirtied up to make them look poorer to add to the voluntourists’ experience. Children were made to sing and dance for them – and worse.

We give an inside glimpse into this sham world, where people pay for the experience of charity without actually helping locals – and often even making their lives worse.

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  1. Harrison on February 22, 2023 at 7:43 am

    I’m slowly growing skeptical of charities.
    I remember hearing a BBC story was proudly talking about how a charity was teaching people who lack basic plumbing in Afghanistan about a piece of modern art.
    The piece of art was a disconnected graffitied toilet.

    I remember another time how a magazine that often talks about poverty and homelessness in the US said that they raised money to teach kids Economics.

    These things sound like stories from the Onion.

  2. Мяу Мяу on February 22, 2023 at 7:43 am

    None of this is a surprise, people go out of their way to appear righteous for their own benefit, that includes not only rich kids nut big businesses and corporations and celebrities in America

  3. Anthony Wilder on February 22, 2023 at 7:44 am

    Terrible organizations exist; sad it took her so long to find out she worked for a bad one.

    Do not allow this woman to discourage you if you want to give back then do it with your heart.

  4. Leyshren on February 22, 2023 at 7:44 am

    F Vice! Great info though, still F Vice

  5. BP on February 22, 2023 at 7:46 am

    What’s the issue with her face?!?!!??

  6. Randy C on February 22, 2023 at 7:47 am

    So sad

  7. Clark Rumsey on February 22, 2023 at 7:47 am

    These are excellent excellent excellent videos – showing the absolute BULLSHIT that goes on in the world to paint this picture of *goodness* about people, not to really help others, but to make the former look good. That’s what *charity*, to a large degree, has become.

  8. Celeste on February 22, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Let me tell you about the dark side of being poor

  9. Soney B on February 22, 2023 at 7:49 am

    0:52 the fact that people are so torn about their work being redone shows that you don’t care about the community. If you really cared before you went to Tanzania you would’ve learned something about construction. But instead went to a 3rd world country without knowledge to swing a hammer. In conclusion I see no issue with the real construction workers taking apart shitty work so that a LIBRARY FOR CHILDREN would be a safe standing structure

  10. TruthSeeker on February 22, 2023 at 7:49 am

    *******American Christian Church Youth Groups have entered the chat 😭😭😭😭😭

  11. Azjah Green on February 22, 2023 at 7:51 am

    Wow the end was so deep…so scary.. and it’s only the tip of the ice berg. I really hope I can add value in some way in my lifetime

  12. Hans Dylan on February 22, 2023 at 7:51 am

    Thank you for sharing 😢

  13. It's a Cat on February 22, 2023 at 7:53 am

    Wow. So a white woman with a mask telling her story of "privilege " to go to Tanzania when she was unqualified, with other white people. A girl who " questions her sexuality". The whole agenda is here. This is pathetic. This women knew beforehand that she shouldn’t go bit went anyway. I guess because she is "white" and had money because that’s how bad white people are. A joke.

  14. MsSOCALBABE on February 22, 2023 at 7:54 am

    It’s a sad world ppl are monsters in human bodies. N sad innocent children are used.

  15. the 40 year old gamer on February 22, 2023 at 7:55 am

    Almost all charities do this to some degree… the people running charities are rich… nobody talks about it….

    BUT THEY SURE HIRE REALLY GOOD CAMERA CREWS TO ADVERTISE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Va jona on February 22, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Imagine being so vapidly ratarded you believe there is anything other than a "dark side" to this narcissistic behavior

  17. Siya on February 22, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Ngl the bg music makes it more sad than it already is.

  18. Jessica Rodriguez on February 22, 2023 at 8:02 am

    I got freaking chills…

  19. jaxsun72 on February 22, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Great story but I can’t get past that mask. Wtf?

  20. Haxy Quinn on February 22, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Let’s not even talk about the wealthy missionaries that come to latam to "covert" indigenous children and end up SA them. Because "you will be helping children in a very isolated location" is just code for "we have isolated these kids from their families and cultures and you can do whatever you want with them".

  21. Bruno Curis on February 22, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Poverty Is a billion dollars buisness!

  22. Asc 4tree on February 22, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Enough with the mask already, you’d think old Asian babies would be offended by this.

  23. Edward Lee on February 22, 2023 at 8:13 am

    Bro, the mask kills me, Common. I’m interested but I just can’t.

  24. radtek2112 on February 22, 2023 at 8:13 am

    Did we really need that skin mask?

  25. william bradbury on February 22, 2023 at 8:13 am

    This video is a great summary of a serious topic. It is important to remember though that real volunteer work can still make a meaningful difference in communities and there are organizations and programs that help do this.

    If your volunteer organization allows you to take selfies and unrestricted photos, especially with children or other vulnerable groups this should be a massive red flag and can land you in trouble/prison.
    If you donate money or nice things to a school or organization, you should assume it will not reach the target. (Bringing notebooks and stationery to directly give to each child in a class you are helping teach is probably ok).
    If you are an adult working with children, you should expect some form of background check – if you didn’t get one then others in your group won’t have either (big red flag). Also volunteers should not be in a situation where they are alone with locals. This is for mutual protection.
    Leave construction to professionals, however if there is a spare wall, designing a mural might be a fun project, a green flag for volunteer organizations is if they show you projects from previous groups. Painting markings for a football/basketball court might be cool as well, just get permission from the school or site owner before you start planning.

    There are opportunities to help people close to home!! If you want to make a difference, try volunteering at a local charity first, soup kitchens for the homeless, red cross or age concern might be a good starting point (they may have opportunities to travel as well if you are genuine about helping rather than self-aggrandizement). Some experience in a charity like Age concern might better prepare you for overseas work.
    All countries have vulnerable groups, you don’t need to go abroad. Some less economically developed countries have better social support and healthcare than parts of the U.S. (for example)

    Research before travelling abroad!! Find out healthcare provisions and whether you have local embassy support. Learn a few basic phrases in the local language if you can, but make sure you know about things like local religion and legal differences with your home country. Find out if there are any taboo topics that you need to avoid. See if there are any nationals from that country that you can chat to before you go, buy them lunch/coffee and ask for tips (college/university students are often amenable but sometimes have had a fairly sheltered upbringing too.)

  26. Michael Lepinay on February 22, 2023 at 8:18 am

    Gotta love the brooding, non-resolving background ‘music’

  27. miss t sizzle jackson on February 22, 2023 at 8:19 am

    Let’s not get into the mess that is “humanitarian aid” in Haiti

  28. Sandy Sandy on February 22, 2023 at 8:20 am

    I have heard many fucked up things. I don’t have words to describe this one. I have kind of hatred for charity based organisation and all. But i never connected the dots between them and this voluantrism. This rabbit hole is a lot deeper than i thought, and now i understand why the foreigners to my country are interested in seeing poor and slums rather than tourist places.

  29. Six-Armed Alabaster Mahakala (SAAM) on February 22, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Sounds like that Kars for Kids a-○ who takes donated expensive cars for himself!

  30. VICE on February 22, 2023 at 8:23 am

    WATCH NEXT: A Syrian bulldozer driver reveals the horrifying details of burying thousands in secret mass graves. –

  31. Saga Rah on February 22, 2023 at 8:23 am

    You mean the rich kids that do this to only to put another notched on the degree their parents buy for them?

  32. Aditya P. on February 22, 2023 at 8:24 am

    this is sickening

  33. Retarted Dwarf on February 22, 2023 at 8:24 am

    This is what happens when you monetize the Peace Corps. Monetizing everything is a primrose path straight to hell.

  34. ABCDEFG on February 22, 2023 at 8:25 am


  35. Edward X on February 22, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Why is it that they’re always building libraries?!? 🤔 Kind of fishy…🐟

  36. Geoffrey John on February 22, 2023 at 8:27 am

    As a Tanzanian, Its crazy hearing this

  37. Mrs. Marken on February 22, 2023 at 8:27 am

    I think another aspect of this problem isn’t with the people going on these trips, but the companies and universities that give preference to people who have these on their resumes.

  38. Aj00098 on February 22, 2023 at 8:27 am

    Not gonna lie, always felt this business was shady. My mom being Mexican and telling me about the awful things that occur in Mexico (and other, poorer countries) and you having naive/ignorant people from the first world with money. Well, let’s just say it spelled like a recipe for disaster.

  39. Ninetta M on February 22, 2023 at 8:29 am

    Excellent video. I worked for the UN. Most humanitarian business is self serving and disgusting. I resigned.

  40. James Walker on February 22, 2023 at 8:29 am

    I was looking into conservation work. I was informed that it would cost me $4000, which would include a 6 week experience in Peru to help a community look after animals or I had the choice to teach kids… this didn’t include flights. And now after watching this, I do not want to put money into this.

    I would rather go by myself and make sure that the money goes to those kids, clothing them. Feeding them etc.

    This entire thing is disgusting.

  41. Quantumwolf45 on February 22, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Yup. Unfortunately not all non-profits are trustworthy and not all rich people who donate to charity and even volunteer can be trusted. Case-by-case basis. Yes, even Christian non-profits have been caught raping kids and human trafficking.

  42. John Jones on February 22, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Are people actually surprised by this?

  43. Starsigngirl on February 22, 2023 at 8:34 am

    She must be sweating in that mask bless her 😂

  44. Paul Merrill on February 22, 2023 at 8:36 am

    volunteering is always always for the individual if u pay a lot of money of course there going to wine and dine u they want you to enjoy your trip. the people that that generally pay to volunteer are mostly not much help you are there because u paid the fact that everyone doesn’t know this I a bit dumb. The kids eat rice&beans like all the other kids in Latin America . They gave you better food because people complain a lot especially if there paying costumer . And I sure glad they fixed you unskilled work because that’s dangerous it would have been wrong not too . yea most of the money you give to a non profit mostly is to pay salary’s because very few people will work long term for nothing running a orphanage is very expensive mostly your money will go for bribes and red tape and corruption to allow things to run smoothly. I am sorry but this is how things work in the developing world rice beans and corruption. Ten years of volunteering on and off only offing my services not money. Not all places ask money most do not actually and not all are bad actually mostly they are good I helped orphanages and kids very very well taken care of food soft drinks new clothes best mattress no one for there gets sold or anything like that . Basically I can tell she has not been around much and has this only one experience Just a bit naive

  45. HELLFISH42 on February 22, 2023 at 8:37 am

    NEW HEADLINE: American kids go to other country and discover quickly the world is not what they thought it was and there’s nothing they can do about it.

  46. Neisha Louhar on February 22, 2023 at 8:40 am

    A lot of people do stuff just for the resume.

  47. Brandon Rodriguez on February 22, 2023 at 8:40 am

    I worked at the embassy in Haiti. So many of these groups would come and do nothing of real value. After awhile many were kidnapped and raped and we warned the groups yet they still came. The worst was a family that was wanting to come I denied the military officer as Haiti was a level 4 country, but I could not deny the family. I warned them not to come, but they still came. Once leaving the airport a team tracked them to the open road, pulled the car over stole everything and raped the wife and daughter on the side of the road. That dad had to live with that.

  48. SweetCake on February 22, 2023 at 8:41 am

    kids rubbing dirt on their faces to seem more appealing? never seen or heard of it, must have been told by the people in charge to do that.

  49. Adam Park on February 22, 2023 at 8:41 am

    How many of these rich kids are Christian? 😈

  50. Elizabeth on February 22, 2023 at 8:42 am

    It makes sense – children are used as pawns so the greedy ass government can just pocket all the funds – so evil