As a follow up to our issue of Intermission about 'short-term mission' here’s some useful online articles that capture some of the pitfalls of short-term mission and 'voluntourism.'
A Cautionary Tale. A brilliantly funny short video from the Helping Without Hurting training mentioned at the end of this Intermission.
The Voluntourism Paradox. How your visit to orphanages could be traumatising children, breaking up families and fuelling human trafficking.
Western do-gooders need to resist the allure of 'exotic problems.' A deeper look at the problems addressed in Noah’s article.
The Good Missionary. A look at short-term mission trips through the eyes of an African orphan.
Stop Calling it a Short-Term Missions Trip. Why the phrase ‘short-term mission trip’ is unhelpful, and some better alternatives.
When Short Term Missions is Actually Christian Tourism. Our saviour complex is challenged when we realise they might not need us.
Why You Should Consider Canceling Your Short-Term Mission Trips. How our going and giving can actually hurt those we’re going to.
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