Arrange a screening event of The Voluntourist
Many thousands of people – from a wide range of demographics, travel abroad to volunteer every year. There is an opportunity to make sure that this volunteering is responsible and impactful, by engaging prospective volunteers in critical discussions and debate.
Arrange a screening event of The Voluntourist for your university, school, student club, company, or non-profit. A screening event includes a facilitated discussion on voluntourism by the filmmaker, plus connections to resources and networks relevant to your community.
For more details, please contact thevoluntourist.film(at)gmail.com
Recent events include:
Screening with the ChildSafe Movement | Siem Reap, Cambodia
In August 2016, a screening of The Voluntourist was organised at the Hangout Hostel in Siem Reap together with the ChildSafe Movement. The screening was followed by a discussion on volunteering in Cambodia, in particular on the growing local industry of voluntourism, the effects it might have on children and on the local community, and to also tackle what would constitute responsible volunteering. Read about it here.
On February 23, the London School of Economics organised a screening a screening of The Voluntourist, followed by a group discussion lead by director Chloé Sanguinetti and industry expert Dr David Steiner, founder and executive officer of Hands Around the World Trust, about the dangers of ignorant voluntouring and the possibility of it ever becoming an industry without pitfalls.
Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad is student-run charity encouraging the students of Bristol University to make a difference in developing countries through overseas volunteering. They also work hard to raise awareness of international development within the UK. On November 25th they hosted a screening of The Voluntourist followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Chloé Sanguinetti.
Organised by Development in Action and Tenteleni, the Global Citizenship Forum gathered students to discuss the impact of young volunteers at home and overseas. Filmmaker Chloé Sanguinetti led the discussion on the short and long term impact of international volunteering, around the question: ‘how can a positive and productive volunteer experience in the short-term have a sustained impact on the community on the long term?’
Organised by Ayana Journeys, the screening of The Voluntourist was organised in Siem Reap where much of the shooting for the film took place. The event was attended by 50 people.
Organised by Tourism Concern, this one day conference was aimed at prospective volunteers and those interested in ‘voluntourism’. The full day event included discussion groups (including on motivations and expectations), presentations, films and the opportunity to speak to past volunteers and members of the Ethical Volunteering Group. The Voluntourist was screened and filmmaker Chloé Sanguinetti took part in a panel discussion.
The Ethics of Voluntourism | Columbia University, New York
This Panel Discussion was organised by Humanitarian Organization for Migration Emergencies (Home) at Columbia University in collaboration with the Better Care Network and the CPC Learning Network and looked at the ethics of ‘voluntourism’, particularly international volunteering in “orphanages” and other residential care facilities for children. The event included a showing of The Voluntourist by filmmaker Chloe Sanguinetti.
Read about the discussion here.
WhyDev Screening | Melbourne
The Voluntourist was screened in Melbourne on October 8th followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Chloé Sanguinetti. The event was organised by WhyDev in partnership with the Graduates Organisation of Development Studies (GOODs), University of Melbourne.
The Better Volunteering Workshop | London
Organised by the Better Care Network and Save the Children UK, this workshop brought together over 40 key actors from across the child protection, education, corporate, faith-based and tourism sectors for a two-day workshop to share their respective experiences and identify global communication and engagement strategies to address the issue of international volunteering in residential care centres (or “orphanages”. Filmmaker Chloe Sanguinetti presented the trailer for The Voluntourist at this workshop and the features was used as a discussion point by participants.
The International Volunteering Conference | London
Organised by Tourism Concern in London, the conference aimed at prospective volunteers and those interested in ‘voluntourism’. The full day event included discussion groups, presentations and the opportunity to speak to past volunteers and members of their Ethical Volunteering Group. Filmmaker Chloe Sanguinetti presented the trailer for The Voluntourist at this conference and the features was used as a discussion point by participants.
The Annual Student Volunteering Overseas Partnership Conference | Bristol
Held at Bristol University. SVOP is a partnership of student-led international volunteering organisations from the UK who meet annually to share their knowledge and experience in the aim of improving their work. SVOP acts as a forum to discuss how to tackle the practical challenges of running an overseas volunteering project as well as considering the theoretical and ethical dimensions of the work being done. Filmmaker Chloe Sanguinetti presented the trailer for The Voluntourist and gave a presentation about the negative impacts of poorly arranged voluntourism programs, leading a discussion on ethical volunteering.
‘Your career in international development’ | Glasgow
Filmmaker Chloé Sanguinetti took part in a panel discussion on working in the fields of international development and non-government organisations. and the issue of ‘voluntourism’, including how students can ensure they are working for NGOs in an ethically conscious way.