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Affluent, Boston-based college students embark on a weeklong goodwill trip to the slums of Lima, Peru in this story about the phenomenon of volunteer vacations—also known as "voluntourism" or service trips—which have fast become both a hallmark of global citizenry and a point of controversy for socially conscious millenials. In their attempts to teach English and work with developmentally disabled children, the students must confront the reality of their work and whether or not it’s creating positive change. A fresh take on a classic moral dilemma, H.O.P.E. Was Here deals with the intersection of privilege and poverty by asking what it really means to help people.
Finally, the day has arrived! H.O.P.E. Was Here makes its world debut today. It's available to instantly stream or download, anywhere, anytime, to any device, right at hopewasherefilm.com (powered by VHX). It will be available indefinitely.
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We you hope you enjoy this film, and sincerely wish it's another useful contribution to this now-mainstream conversation about the nature of wealth, power, and privilege, specifically as it relates to international volunteering and development. We hope you're left asking: how do we help people?
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