Especially volunteer work at orphanages has got a lot of negative attention recently. Volunteers often only stay for a short time and travel back home thinking that they have left a positive impact. But the kids living at the orphanages, who already have to manage the loss of their parents, just lose another contact person – in many cases not for the first time. As a result, anxieties and fear of commitment can develop and can cause problems not only during child age but also for the grownups.
Furthermore, there are known cases from the Asian region where families get paid to leave their children at orphanages, so that these orphanages can make profit from the helpfulness of foreign volunteers. Another critical aspect is the fact, that most volunteers do not have a pedagogical training and in most cases, do not speak the local language, so that the kids can be affected during the process of learning their native language.