Ranong, Thailand: A southern border crossing town with Myanmar, with the highest density of Burmese migrants in Thailand. With high rates of child labour and children out-of-school, this was my home for a year.

Volunteering: Helpful or Hindering?

A while back a friend sent me an article written in The Spinoff entitled “We need to talk about voluntourism”. ‘Voluntourism’ or volunteer tourism, based upon the concept of ‘doing good’ while travelling, has been gaining popularity in recent years. NGOs connect people with projects (usually) in so-called developing countries, which may include assisting with construction, conservation and environmental projects, teaching…