Volunteers Unleashed from CBC (by Adam Goodwin)

Volunteers Unleashed from CBC

by Adam Goodwin | 2015 | Last Updated: April 4, 2015


If you are a regular reader of my blog, you likely know that I have traveled to nearly 30 countries on four continents.In general, I am a big supporter of travel.

However, I have increasingly witnessed a trend on some of my trips. As I wandered back streets with my backpack, buses of “white” (Global white, not the race) youngsters drove past me. As they paid $3000-5000 administration fees to travel around Africa, I had paid for a flight and cheap hostel. Why could I fly round-trip from Canada’s West Coast to the Middle East for $750, while these volunteers who were saving the world, paid $2300 for a similar flight?

If you have never heard of this before, welcome to the world of overseas volunteer-travelers. It is an interesting world. From my experiences, typically, these volunteers are female, white, and have a good education. So…

The CBC recently released a documentary about this. What are the benefits to the countries in which these people travel to? What are the dangers to the world’s diversity?

CBC’s Volunteers Unleashed

The CBC describes the documentary as:

“Volunteers Unleashed shows dramatically that going overseas with good intentions, does not guarantee good will be done.”

To view the documentary, click here (CBC’s Volunteer Unleashed).

Your Call to Action

Comment below or comment on social media about your thoughts on volunteering overseas.

Further Reading

Based on your reading of this blog post, you may also be interested in: Fortius (Stronger).


These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  We welcome your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with us via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian who has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America, who is currently attending one of the world’s best sport management programs at the University of Windsor.  He is a proud introvert and silent leader.  He has traveled to 50 major global cities around the world, and has worked with universities, non-profits, consulting firms, and sport organizations.  He has family and friends around the world.  Follow his travels, work, projects, and thoughts on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog (click on the bottom right-hand corner to sign up for weekly email notifications).

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