The Problem of Orphanages

The Problem of Orphanages

7 Nov 2017, 11:45 - 12:45

WTM Responsible Tourism Theatre


There is mounting concern about Orphanage Tourism, first raised as an issue at WTM Lonon in 2011 we have addressed this issue every year, sharing the evidence and challenging the industry to stop orphanage tourism in favour of supporting initiatives which seek to keep families and children together.  Lumos states the problem boldly “Across the globe 8 million children are living in institutions that deny them individual love and care. More than 80% are not orphans. They are separated from their families because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority. As a result, many suffer lifelong physical and emotional harm.” Many of those orphans have been effectively trafficked; separated from their family and institutionalised. Should tour operators organise visits to orphanages? Is there any excuse for volunteering in an orphanage?

Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Harold Goodwin
  • Alex Christopoulos, Lumos
  • Sallie Grayson, Programme Director, peopleandplaces
  • Emanuelle Werner, Friends International
  • Rebecca Smith, Save the Children 


  • Harold Goodwin


    WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor

    Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracts 2000...

  • Alex Christopoulos


    Deputy Chief Executive


    Alex leads Lumos’ programmes, research, advocacy and training and technical support in Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean. Prior to joining...

  • Sallie Grayson


    Programme Director

    People and Places: Responsible Volunteering

    Sallie is programme director of international award winning responsible volunteer social enterprise people and places. Volunteer travel is under...

  • Emmanuelle Werner




    Emmanuelle has been working with Friends-International (FI) since 2009. FI is a social enterprise saving lives and building futures of the most...


WTM Responsible Tourism Programme

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