Each year, approximately 10 million people from the Western world pay thousands of euros to travel to less economically developed countries during their holidays to volunteer. They consider this as an act helping the unprivileged local communities.

By Stavros Malichudis

Each year, young tourists pay thousands of euros to travel to underprivileged countries and offer their help voluntarily. But do they really help; and who’s taking the actual profit?

Pippa Biddle, American, aged 15, found herself in Tanzania along with her classmates and professors. By paying 3,000 dollars each, they were given the opportunity to offer some voluntary work in an orphanage and build a library for the community. Afterwards, they would spend a week on safari.