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Some may say that it’s all about profit margins. Many tour operators, charities, and other organizations profit handsomely from voluntourism. That’s all while doing very little to actually improve the lives of those they claim to be helping.
One of the biggest concerns is that many voluntourists don’t have the proper training to do the work they’re attempting to do or don’t have the cultural knowledge to understand the dynamics of the work. This can actually do more harm than good, as inexperienced volunteers may unintentionally cause more damage than they realize.