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That would be very shitty. Was hoping that it was to pay for the program. Well off tourists that want a vacation with turtles pay a ton of money and a good amount of that goes into what ever the program is supposed to be about and helping out the local region. IF not that's pretty fucked.
iFlipIt's a business, just like anything else. There are many of these "programs." The idea of volunteering on the African plains (or elsewhere), doing animal counts for theoretical scientific benefit is a romantic notion that appeals to many. "Vacations with a cause" are becoming increasingly popular each year.
When it comes down to it, the average unskilled tourist who wants to do good for the world has no skills, little ability to actually help, and must be fully guided in every activity. Obviously they should be charged for this. Any menial, unskilled labor in 3rd world countries can be done extremely, extremely cheaply by the locals.
I've done one of these programs (not through GVI) and had a great time. However, the "work" I did was certainly not overly beneficial. It was a glorified vacation, and can look good on a resume. When you really look into it, there are few if any actual programs that let you volunteer for free abroad. The volunteer programs that "work" with dolphins, sea turtles, elephants, lions, etc, are usually the most desirably and most expensive. For what one pays to "work" for a month, one could fund a round-the-world trip and stay in fine hotels, frequent fine restaurants, and have an amazing time.
There are actually quite a few legit seeming ones I've found. A bunch in South America. Where you can live in low quality group housing or even live with a family. That seems pretty dope. You're paying a small fee for either rent or in the case of the family, a fee to the company because I guess a lot of the families are too proud and wouldn't ask for money so the company gives it to them for other reasons to help em out. Anyway rent was super super cheap. And the experiences seemed legit. You did need some kind of skills however in the field you wanted to work in though. But def some legit, at least seemingly legit places.
That's cool that you had a good time though. I just don't get why the prices aren't a little bit lower, I can understand what they're doing, but I feel like you shouldn't be able to ball out and party the whole time like a king for half the price of working.
Maybe I just don't get it. That said some of the shit is probably a dope experience if you can afford it.