Student "Voluntourism" And How Social Media Shapes Our Identity
Voluntourism: A resume-booster for college hopefuls, but a flawed means of public service
"Whether it’s to gain a new experience or to beef up a college application, some high schoolers each year spend a week of their summer in a foreign country, helping underprivileged communities and learning about other cultures. These short trips, intended to make positive impacts on locals, have been branded by some as voluntourism."
"Today, young people create images and put them into circulation without the interference of adults. This practice can be hugely beneficial. New technology—especially the smartphone—allows us to produce a narrative of our lives, to choose what to remember and what to contribute to our own mythos."