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    Volunteering Overseas May Do More Harm Than Good

    The business of “voluntourism” is booming, but it’s financing wasteful and unhealthy practices like parents abandoning their kids. Aid organizations have found that many “orphans” visited by paying volunteers have parents who believe their kids will benefit from the education and health care provided by orphanages, some housing almost no parent-less children. Experts say it’s better to use the money for assistance closer to families’ homes — where local skilled labor could build 15 houses for the cost of one built by untrained students looking for selfies and special experiences.

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