Paying to Volunteer - Scam or Legitimate Social Program? | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Paying to Volunteer - Scam or Legitimate Social Program?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Paying to Volunteer – Scam or Legitimate Social Program?My life changed for the better when I deserted corporate America to pursue my true passions of travel, writing and photography but over the past few years I’ve often felt there was still a piece of the puzzle missing. There was something more I was meant to do; I just wasn’t sure what it was. And then I arrived in Nepal. As my three week visit stretched to three months,…

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Paying to Volunteer - Scam or Legitimate Social Program?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Paying to Volunteer – Scam or Legitimate Social Program?The dangerously handsome man sitting at an adjacent table in the Pokhara coffee shop nodded as I wrapped up my interview with two young girls who’s had an abhorrent experience with a local volunteer operator. A jumble of dreadlocks peeked from beneath Hugo Caminero’s rainbow knitted skullcap as he leaned across the aisle and admitted that he’d been eavesdropping. Hugo was also working with children in Nepal, but he’d created…

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Paying to Volunteer - Scam or Legitimate Social Program?

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Paying to Volunteer – Scam or Legitimate Social Program?Sarita was only 13 years old when her parents sold her to the owner of a hotel in Kagbeni, high in the Himalayan Mountains in the Lower Mustang area of Nepal. For the next year, she slaved in the kitchen, preparing meals for the 10-20 men who stayed at the guest house. She was paid 8,000 Nepali rupees for the year, about $91 USD. Sarita hated the work, but without…