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It is now widely accepted that visiting or volunteering in orphanages is harmful to children. The purpose of these pages is to bring together in one place some the best resources about this issue – this is to assist travel and volunteering organisations in three ways:
This resource has been developed by Martin Punaks – an experienced international development and child protection consultant who has worked at the front-line of orphanage trafficking and voluntourism, as well as in a supportive role with travel and volunteering organisations wishing to improve their products.
The resource is divided into six sections:
Some important things to be aware of:
The information provided on these Beyond Orphanage Visits pages is copyrighted to Responsible Tourism Partnership / Martin Punaks 2019. All rights reserved to Responsible Tourism Partnership and Martin Punaks. Responsible Tourism Partnership and Martin Punaks welcome requests for permission to reproduce or translate text in part or in full – enquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.