Voluntourism and You/Me: Barbie and more

#1 Dec 14th, 2017, 21:34
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Savior Barbie stands in front of a chalkboard in a run-down classroom somewhere in Africa. “It’s so sad that they don’t have enough trained teachers here. I’m not trained either, but I’m from the West,” the caption on the photo reads. In another, the plastic figurine poses in front shacks made from scrap metal and sticks: “Just taking a slumfie… Feeling so blessed.”

In the satirical Instagram account for Savior Barbie, Barbie is in Africa running an NGO that provides drinking water to locals. “Harnessing broken white hearts to provide water to those in Africa, one tear at a time,” the tagline for her organization reads.

Instagram’s White Savior Barbie neatly captures what’s wrong with “voluntourism” in Africa

And then this -

The backlash to voluntourism urts .....

When I was 17, I really wanted to go to Africa. To be honest, I’m not totally sure where the impulse came from. I suspect it had something to do with the fact that I was a politically liberal teenager who had just finished six years at a conservative Catholic school where “pro-life” George W. Bush was considered a moral hero
Funny that one is willing to volunteer in the far corners of the world, yet shirk, slink,melt away when genuine calamities hit closer home.....like Puerto Ricans for gringos, and BVI for #brexitians
#2 Dec 15th, 2017, 09:15
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....explains the routine appearance of Dharavi on many itinerary questions here as well....

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