Yes, such a thing exist. Orphanage tourism. Sounds bizarre right? Especially if you’re living in a so-called Western country…
Can you imagine that young foreigners that don’t even speak the language of your country show up at orphanages’ doors getting the responsibility for a bunch of parent-less children? Didn’t think so.
But that’s what’s going on in Cambodia – and many other poor countries – to where travellers flock, searching for ‘doing something meaningful’ while abroad. I don’t know what you think about it, but there are many reasons to believe this is a problematic trend that entails far more (potentially) damaging aspects than what a few occasional positive stories can live up to.
Here is a short documentary on the business behind the booming orphanage industry in Cambodia.