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Once the domain of international NGOs like CUSO or Peace Corps, overseas volunteering has privatized and gone mainstream, attracting millions of young travellers. Volunteers Unleashed follows volunteers to South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, showing how "voluntourism" has become the fastest growing and the most controversial travel sector.

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Leading this story is 22-year-old Pippa Biddle, who after a series of voluntourism experiences over six years posted a critical blog. It went viral with over 15 million hits, and instantly launched her as the poster child against privileged young white women volunteering overseas. 

In Tanzania we follow a new intake of western volunteers as they travel, party and volunteer. Among them are untrained medical volunteers, eager for experience, who tackle procedures beyond their training or ability, potentially putting a patient's life at risk.

In Cambodia, former U.K. Police Detective Eric Meldrum and investigative reporter Juliana Ruhfus show the link between the volunteers working in orphanages, and the exploitation of the very children they have come to help. In an Ecuador animal refuge, we see a profit-driven voluntourism company preying on volunteers' good intentions.

Volunteers Unleashed shows dramatically that going overseas with good intentions, does not guarantee good will be done.

Inspired by his daughter Jennica's life-changing experience as a volunteer in Tanzania in 2012, Vancouver filmmaker Brad Quenville (The Dolphin Dealer, Ice Pilots, Pyros, Highway Thru Hell) went back to Africa with his daughter and DOP Kyle Sandilands to shoot and develop the documentary. Volunteers Unleashed is directed, produced and written by Brad Quenville.

Credits (Click to expand)

Written, Directed and Produced by
BRAD QUENVILLE

Narrator
ANN-MARIE MacDONALD

Editors
JEAN BAILLARGEON
BRAD QUENVILLE

Composer
DENNIS BURKE

Director of Photography
KYLE SANDILANDS

Additional Camera
TODD CRADDOCK
BRAD QUENVILLE

UK Camera
MICHAEL O’HALLORAN

Stills Photographer
KYLE SANDILANDS

UK Sound
TOM SEDGWICK

Researcher
JENNICA QUENVILLE

Assistant Editor
NICK QUENVILLE

Production Coordinators
JENNICA QUENVILLE

Line Producer
PATTI POSKITT

Audio Post
MARTY TAYLOR

Online Editor
AL PINVIDIC

Graphics
ANNE SAINT-LOUIS

Publicist
HELEN YAGI

Special Thanks

African Impact
Fixer: Ryan Hood-Taylor
Tourism Concern
United Planet
 YanaCocha Animal Reserve

Archival Material Courtesy of

AL JAZEERA
INTERNET ARCHIVE
 
 Maps Courtesy of
VISUAL EARTH: NASA

Produced with the assistance of
                    
                                          

 


With the participation of the Province of British Columbia
Film Incentive BC

Produced by

Q CAMERA PRODUCTIONS INC.


In association with the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

 

© Q Camera Productions Ltd. 2015                  


For Doc Zone

Packaging Editor
KEVIN BARNETT

Associate Producer
GRIFFIN ONDAATJE

Unit Manager
SIBEL SAUNDERS

Associate Director
PETER LEE

Presentation Producer
DAVID GIDDENS

Production Manager
DAVID WILSON

Senior Manager
WILMA ALEXANDER

Senior Producer
LINDA LAUGHLIN

Executive Producer
Doc Zone
MICHAEL CLAYDON


Executive Director
Documentary Programming
MARK STAROWICZ

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