Every year, about 25 percent of Americans volunteer for a project. All those millions of volunteer hours add up! On this episode, we bring you four stories about volunteering and passion projects where people go above-and-beyond.
First off, writer Rafia Zakaria explores the complicated dynamics of voluntourism—the trend of people from richer countries combining international travel and volunteering. Then, a teen reporter with Seattle radio station KUOW reports on a teenage farmworker who spends her high school years pitching in to improve the working conditions of other agricultural laborers. After that, we travel to Michigan with Making Contact to hear a report on a local Muslim community getting involved in political organizing. Finally, we hear an interview from Behind the Scenes with astounding filmmaker Dawn Porter, who is the creative force behind the new film Trapped, which details the attacks on abortion clinics in the South.
THE COMPLICATED NATURE OF VOLUNTOURISM:
INTERVIEW WITH TRAPPED FILMMAKER DAWN JONES:
MEET A TEENAGE FARMWORKER AND ACTIVIST:
ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE AT A MICHIGAN MOSQUE:
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Layla replied on
I love the points the podcast drives. Many fellow college students I've met are victims of the "white savior" complex. They used to get very defensive when people asked if they were there to help local activists or did they just take over the operation.
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