Debating Society members at a recent event

Alumni ask whether ‘Voluntourism’ does more harm than good with Debating Society

Richard Bennett (PGCE 2007) and his colleague Oliver Munns attended the Debating Society’s Friday Night Debate to support the role of ‘Voluntourism’ in developing countries.

Richard is the founder of Bhubesi Pride, a British charity that organises teams of volunteers for coaching expeditions to support rugby and community development in schools and community centres in nine countries across east and southern Africa. Richard and Oliver opposed the motion that Voluntourism does more harm than good in front of an audience of 300 students in the Amory Moot Room, with others joining the debate on Twitter.

Oliver summarised their case that excellent organisations with talented and dedicated volunteers who work with great people in a country, bring real impact to developing communities. Unfortunately the opposition lost the debate but they put forward a great case and the audience was very torn. Richard and Oliver joined the students and other debaters for a drink in the RAM bar after the debate.

The Debating Society holds debates every Friday during term time and regularly hosts alumni as speakers, if you would like to attend or take part in a debate, please email cer218@exeter.ac.uk or visit the Debating Society website.

Date: 25 January 2016

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