Taking volunteer trips to help the less fortunate, at the same time having a vacation far from home seems like a perfect combination. However good the intentions of volunteers who are in countries like Nepal, often they are unwittingly feeding an industry that dupes poor parents into sending their children to fake orphanages. Voluntourism is a fast growing industry in Nepal Volunteering, or ‘voluntourism’ as it’s popularly known, is a rapidly growing industry in Nepal. The chance to volunteer there is especially popular amongst American teenagers taking a gap year before heading off to college. There are dozens of agencies providing the opportunity to spend weeks or months, working at some of the country’s 800 orphanages: an industry that dupes poor parents into sending their children to bogus orphanages in order to extract money from well-meaning foreigners. Unicef found that more than 85% of children in the orphanages they visited had at least one living parent. It is a business model designed to not only deceit poor families in rural Nepal, but also manipulate wealthy foreigners. In the worst cases, tourists could be complicit in child trafficking without knowing it. The trade in children begins in Nepal’s remote and impoverished countryside. Child traffickers trick parents into sending their children to orphanages, often lured by the promise of good education.