For them or for me?

An honest reflection on the exploitation of crises for personal gain and how this may be manifest (consciously or unconsciously) in the Syrian-American community

My Short Foray into Voluntourism

On July 19th 2015, I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to teach at a 3-week summer camp for Syrian refugees. I specifically taught them computer skills, while others taught English, Arabic, Turkish, Art, and Quran (the Islamic holy book). This travel and volunteer model is typically labeled “voluntourism,” and is a growing – yet problematic – … Continue reading My Short Foray into Voluntourism