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2:23 AM   [01 Dec 2011 | Thursday]

I Climbed Mountains as VolunTourist

 First, what is VolunTourism? Leaving technical research papers behind, I simply define it as an act of volunteering and traveling in one. The only difference with plain travel is that you have a purpose or aim which is to help other people with what they need.

I become aware of this kind of advocacy when I saw a grieving family who lost their child to illness because they could not afford to buy that child a paracetamol. In a few moment, words left me. The medicine that that child needed at that time is just a simple over-the-counter painkiller but then they don’t have the financial means to have it, thus, it cost their child’s life. From then on, I hunted for ways on how I could be of help to these people.

Research papers show that there are two kinds of people who could contribute with this kind of advocacy: those who can travel but do not have the extra financial capacity to give and those who can give but could not travel.

The combination of these two kinds of people gave birth to voluntourism. Now, mountaineers like me and my friends not just simply aim to reach the mountain’s summit but to help our fellowmen in need too. Join us on this movement or simply spread the word. God bless us all.

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