Article says more than 100,000 Canadians will travel abroad on voluntourism trips... But there have always been serious concerns about the efficacy of such trips for both participants and recipients.
CBC doc explores the issues.
A further article here lists some "voluntouring do's and don'ts" - like:
- do consider longer stays
- do research local culture and customs before you go
- don't do something locals can do
- don't volunteer at an orphanage
And an interesting TED-type talk here.