A story about the merits and pitfalls of short-term volunteering abroad, or "voluntourism."

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Affluent college students from Boston embark on a one-week goodwill trip to the slums of Lima, Peru in this story about the phenomenon of volunteer vacations, which have fast become both a hallmark and a point of controversy for today's socially conscious generation. In their attempts to teach English and rehab developmentally disabled children, the students must confront the reality of their work and whether or not it's creating positive change. A fresh take on a classic moral dilemma, H.O.P.E. WAS HERE deals with the intersection of privilege and poverty by asking what it really means to help people. Written by Anonymous

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What about money?
16 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As some who has experience leading both short and long-term study abroad "trips," I found the video somewhat useful in detailing what students and the community being served gain and don't gain from service trips. What is sorely lacking from this film is the "donation" that students must pay to work with the agencies they volunteer with. The film posed the question several times, "What does the community being served get from the students volunteering?" since several students indicated they felt like they were more disruptive than anything. Here is the answer: They get money!!! They are willing to have their work be disrupted by foreigners because they are getting money in return (and in some cases, cheap labor).


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