How a “brown-skinned girl” perceives your voluntourism experience

Written by on May 4, 2016 in The Blog with 1 Comment

Much is written and recorded on this site from the experience of people who serve. Here is a piece worth reading from someone who has been on the receiving end of good and bad volunteering. Reading it may change your perspective. And wouldn’t you want to know this sort of thing before rather than after making your life-changing trip?

What’s Wrong With Voluntourism? Everything


What does the girl in the picture think today about these loving volunteers?


They really wanted us to like them, because they loved us — indiscriminately… They loved being around me, it was something about my poverty, brownness, and how they felt like they were saving me. They loved that feeling…

We have always been able to see right through this facade. Since I was five years old I saw right through it. I probably did not have the words as a kid, but I knew you were trying to get something out of me. I do not have fond memories of the Beckys and Chads who came to my country and took pictures with me so that they could hang the photos in their dorm rooms and go on with their lives.

– Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

Andy Gray

About the Author

About the Author: Andy Gray hosts and writes for Uniting for Children. He lives in Cambodia with his family where he works with Alongsiders International. He wrote Home, a Cambodian story and created the video “Why Not a Family?.
  • Steven Eisele

    Thought provoking.