The White Savior Complex: The Dark Side of Volunteering | Kayley Gould | TEDxLAHS

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Kayley loves volunteering, and with more experience, has become interested in the white savior complex, which is demonstrated when white people travel to developing countries to “save” the people who live there. She will share what she thinks high schoolers can do to address the negative effects of volunteerism. Kayley Gould is a senior at Los Altos High School. She enjoys swimming, baking, and warm weather. Kayley loves volunteering, and with more experience, has become interested in the white savior complex. She has been researching the topic with an emphasis on orphanage tourism for her Senior Project since November. She hopes to share with you what she has learned about the different aspects of the complex, as well as what she thinks we as high schoolers can do to address the negative effects of voluntourism. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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