Voluntourism – A Growing Trend
- According to a 2015 survey, 84% of millennials (18-34 year olds) say they would travel abroad to participate in volunteer activities.
- NPR (National Public Radio) reported in 2011 that an estimated 1.6 million volunteer tourists spend upwards of $2B annually.
- 10% of families surveyed reported that they had taken a volunteer trip in the past, and 29% of those surveyed indicated they intended to participate in the voluntourism movement in the future.
Volunteer Tourism in Kenya
I have a special place in my heart for volunteer tourism in Kenya, as I’ve traveled there twice to do work at a school and home in Nairobi called Cheryl’s Children’s Home. The school is located about 2 kilometers from a section of Nairobi called Kibera. Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi and is the largest urban slum in all of Africa. Estimates of the population vary widely, but most experts place the population at or slightly above 1,000,000 residents. Most of these residents live on less than $1 US (100 Ksh) per day. Unemployment rates are in the high double digits, and many residents suffer from – or have fallen victim to – the HIV/AIDS crisis sweeping parts of Africa.
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Just Get Out There and Do It!
I hope this overview of voluntourism in general, and volunteer tourism in Kenya in particular, has provided you with some food for thought. Whether you travel to Kenya or not, you should definitely consider a voluntourism experience for your next trip!