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In 13 Epic Tweets, J.K. Rowling Shut Down People Who Think “Voluntourism” Is a Good Thing

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Voluntourism: J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling is known for shutting people down on Twitter (see: exhibits A and B) and now she’s speaking out against another idea: “voluntourism.” Over the weekend, the Harry Potter author tweeted about her charity called Lumos before someone asked her to retweet a message about an organization that offers volunteer experiences in orphanages abroad. In a series of messages that have now gone viral, Rowling expressed that such organizations do more harm than good. By 

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Volunteers are fueling the growth of orphanages in Uganda. They need to stop

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orphanages in Uganda

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I was asked recently by a friend to meet some people from her church in the US who were visiting Uganda on a mission trip. The aim of the meeting was to convince them that supporting and visiting orphanages was doing more harm than good. As I entered the restaurant, the mission trip participants were easily identified by their beaming smiles and even brighter T-shirts. The conversation started well and they were, of course, lovely people who were incredibly generous with their time and resources; a common trait among mission trip participants I’ve met over the years. By Mark Riley. Read more.

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Children at an orphanage outside the capital, Phnom Penh. Photograph: AAP

Volunteers and visitors urged to stay away, saying their growing presence damages children and allows exploitation.

Child protection and NGO workers are pleading with tourists and volunteers to stay away from orphanages in Cambodia, claiming so-called “orphanage tourism” damages the children and enables exploitation. Read more.

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