When Ken Budd dedicates a year to his life toward volunteering abroad in six different projects in New Orleans, Costa Rica, Kenya, Ecuador, Palestine, and China, he embarks on a journey as “The Voluntourist.”
Budd explained right from the get-go that the voluntourist seemed more like a misleading word, because, as he put it, “I've always felt that the word 'tourist' is a bit misleading because I always felt like I was a worker more than anything else on these trips.”
Despite the fact that travel is a huge part of volunteering abroad, so is working. You work with local people beside them, trying to solve an issue plaguing the community.
The Voluntourist dives into the negative and postive aspects, connotations, and prejudices of being a voluntourist. His take is never highlighted in glamour, quite skeptical, soaked in humility and humor. Read more from an interview with Ken Budd in Verge Magazine. And check out the book too!