Recent IELTS Essay Question: International Aid

This essay question was reported on March 21st. Below is the essay question and ideas to help you write about both sides.

Some people think that famous people’s support towards international aids organisations draws attention to problems, while others think that celebrities make the problems less important. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Ideas for and against the involvement of famous people’s involvement in aid work:

Support for famous people’s involvement

  • Famous people draw media attention wherever they go which helps to highlight the aid organisation and the problem.
  • Charities or causes can be made more popular by celebrity involvement.
    • Take Princess Diana as an illustration, she championed the problem of land mines and brought enormous international attention to an otherwise forgotten problem.
  • Celebrities are able to bridge the gap between a tragedy that has occurred in a distant place and bring it into people’s sitting rooms, making the problem seem more real and less remote.
  • Famous people’s words often have more reach and more global identity. They are able to influence people in different countries and cultures all over the world.
  • People are more likely to give donations when they are called to action by their favourite actor or football star. Fans follow the work of their favourite stars and like to get involved in whatever they are doing.
  • Famous voices calling people to action have more power and influence than someone the public have never heard of. In other words, a familiar voice is often more trustworthy and more compelling.

Against famous people’s involvement

  • More media attention may be given to the famous person’s involvement than the actual aid organisation and can draw attention away from the problem itself.
  • Celebrity involvement can make the message shallow coming from a famous star who does not directly work with the charity.
  • Using famous people to draw attention to particular global problems helps to promote world inequality which should be avoided.
  • If the famous person’s image is damaged in the media for any particular reason, it could have repercussions on the charity and the problem. This means the charity becomes dependent on the famous person maintaining popularity which cannot always be guaranteed.
  • Some people may be put off the aid organisations if they do not like that particular famous person.
  • People may lose interest in a charity if the famous person stops their involvement.

Please note that these ideas must be adapted so that they connect directly with the issues in the essay question. You should not copy these ideas word for word. Instead you should take these ideas, write them in your own words and apply them to the specific essay question.

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  1. Senia Flor says:

    Hi Liz,
    I just want help on this situation Essay. Honestly, I dont know how to start the second question. Do I need to add another paragraph for it or is it enough to include it in my conclusion part?

    (Other people can help though)

    As most people spend a major part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual well being.
    What are the factors that contirbute to job satisfaction? — (this I have an idea)
    How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers? — (this, I dont have any idea. Should I just include this in the conclusion part?)

    Thanks for your help.
    This will really help me in my struggle with the writing tasks.

    Hope to here from you.

  2. Hey Liz! I think a word “Identify” is a verb but you used it as a noun in several essay idea plans, instead of identity. If I am wrong, could you please explain it?

  3. I just finished the ielts in a Sydney venue
    Task 1
    Bar graph of recycling percentage between 1992 and 2002 for three different things (glass, paper, cans and I can’t remember the other one hahaha)
    Task 2
    Some educators think that every student of hight school should be sent in a international exchange programs.
    Give your opinion, do you think that the advantages outweigh the drawbacks?

    Thanks Liz for your help, I think that I did ok in writing, however reading was a bit difficult or maybe I found it more difficult because I focused to much on writing, well I will see
    🙂 🙂

  4. Hi Ms. Liz!

    You’re an incredible teacher!
    I passed the writing subtest finally
    despite that I only had 1 day reading
    the topic ideas for task 2.
    It really worked! Thanks a lot!!!!
    Continue sharing the blessing!

  5. Kshama Singhania says:

    Hi Liz,
    Can you please see my essay below and tell me what band score can I expect for this?
    Essay topic: Parents and teachers make many rules for children to encourage good behaviour and protect them from danger. However children would benefit from fewer rules and greater freedom. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Give Reasons.

    We often see families and teachers make numerous rules for kids to discipline them and safeguard them against dangers. In my opinion if children were granted more freedom and we made to follow lesser rules they may benefit from it more.

    In my opinion, we should set examples in place of restrictions to encourage kids to behave better and be safe. Children tend to do things they are asked not to do. Hence, when we impose rules on them, they either out of their natural instinct to disagree or out of curiosity want to do just the opposite. Especially teenagers while growing up like to be rebellious and think it is fun to break rules.

    I also think that when we set too many guidelines we do not allow the child to make decisions and understand the rationale behind them. In the process we also distance them from ourselves. I feel children should be make aware of results of bad behaviour. By doing this we encourage kids to make more responsible decisions which are well thought through.

    Children also do, not what they are told but, what they are shown. Instead of telling them how and what needs to be done or not done, if parents and teachers illustrate ideal behaviour in various situations, kids will emulate them. If a child is not given greater freedom, they would always have some amount of insecurity and may also feel suffocated and untrusted. Such kids may also not develop confidence to deal with situations independently.

    Overall, I feel that parents and teachers should provide children more encouragement to children to make their own decisions – small and big. They should practice instead of preaching so that kids look up to them and learn. I feel kids would prosper more in an environment where they have lesser rules and more freedom.

  6. Aisha jarrar says:

    Hello Mrs Liz

    Here my intruduction , could you please give me your openinon ?

    It’s considered by many individuals that international AIDS organisation support and participation of popular people highlights the problems more , while opponent think that cilibrities support will take the attention away from the problems . In my opinion , I believe famous people support will sheds light on the problem and help in more collaboration towards it .
    Thanks

    • The technique is correct and the content absolutely fine. However, be more careful with your grammar. There are too many mistakes. Instead of trying to be over complex, just aim to write accurate English. Here’s an example “famous people support will sheds…” = “famous people’s support will shed”.
      Liz

      • Aisha jarrar says:

        Thank you so much

        • Hi Liz,

          Please the following question.

          Some people believe that students should be awarded for the best academic results. Others think that they should be awarded for the progress they have made. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

          Can I agree with both sides?

          • You must discuss both sides and then you must give your opinion. Just follow the instructions. Also see my model discussion essay to see the technique and content – in the writing task 2 section of this blog.
            Liz

  7. Thanks Liz. It is actually my first time writing an argumentative essay. What band would you give that final essay?

    • Sorry but I don’t have time to give accurate assessments of band scores. You will need to find a teacher to provide you with essay grading.
      All the best
      Liz

  8. Introduction
    Few people consider that renowned individuals help towards international aid groups pulls attention towards troubles.While, rest believe that well know people shapes the issues as little significant.This essay discusses points on both the views

  9. Hi Liz,

    I am practising for General and I have stated my essay structure. Please provide feedback as I found this topic to be quite challenging.

    Some people are of the opinion that when celebrities support international aids organisations it spotlights the problems, while others believe they are trivialized. In my opinion, I believe that when famous people champion international charities it highlights the problems in a positive way making them priority.

    On the one hand, celebrity endorsed international charities are more credible and stimulate more donations.

    On the other hand, celebrities only support international charities to draw attention to themselves which makes the problems less important.

    To conclude, while some celebrity advocated charities make them more plausible and encourage more contributions, others are just a fascade that detract from the true meaning of charity. However, I believe that when celebrities support international charities it motivates other celebrities to contribute to existing charities and or create new ones.

    • It’s fine. But don’t forget to repeat your opinion in the body paragraph that you agree with. You can’t ignore your opinion in the body paragraphs – remind the reader what it is. This is a skeleton essay so I presume you understand to support each body paragraph with detail. Also, you only need to summarise your opinion in the conclusion – don’t make it so long.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Thanks for your advice but I have never written a two-sided essay before so I thought the conclusion would be the same where I summarised the against and for give my opinion.

        • It would be too long. Time is so limited in the test and you won’t gain any extra points for writing such a long conclusion. So, summarise your opinion and that’s enough. The conclusion should never be as long as the introduction.
          Liz

          • Thank you.

            • Hi Liz,

              I am back. Please provide advice.

              Some people are of the opinion that when celebs support international aids organisations it spotlights the problems, while others believe they are trivialized. In my opinion, I believe that when famous people champion international charities it highlights the problems in a positive way making them priority.

              On the one hand, celebrity endorsed international aids are more credible and stimulate more donations because public figures naturally draw attention wherever they go. When celebrities contribute to these charities, it makes a positive impact on society as it can save lives, prevent suffering, decrease inequality or even improve daily living conditions. Take Alicia Keys as an illustration, she is the co-founder and global ambassador of the “Keep a child alive” foundation. Today she continues to encourage individuals, governments, corporations, philanthropists and artists to unite and help to fight for the rights of children and families suffering from AIDS.

              On the other hand, some stars are selfish and insincere in their support to international charities as they are more concerned about drawing attention to themselves which detracts from the true meaning of charity. According to a poll conducted by Looktothestars.org, some celebs like Jay-Z believes that their performance at a charity concert is their contribution to the cause because outside of that it would have to be paid for.

              To conclude, I believe that when superstars champion international charities it builds public awareness and confidence across a wider cross-section, as well as influences other celebrities to contribute to new and existing aids to make a valuable impact on society.

              • Two points. 1. Be careful with your vocabulary. “celebs” is obviously a contraction of celebrities – that means it’s informal and not appropriate for academic writing. 2. This is a discussion essay about what other people think. You should use language which reflects that – according to some, it is thought that etc – see my video lessons for more language.
                All the best
                Liz

                • Thanks Liz.

                  Is this better?

                  Some people are of the opinion that when public figures support international aids organisations it spotlights the problems, while others believe they are trivialized. In my opinion, I strongly believe that when famous people champion international charities it highlights the problems in a positive way making them priority.

                  On the one hand, according to some, celebrity endorsed international aids are more credible and stimulate more donations because stars naturally draw attention wherever they go. It is often thought that when celebrities contribute to these charities, it makes a positive impact on society as as it can save lives, prevent suffering, decrease inequality or even improve daily living conditions. Take Alicia Keys as an illustration, she is the co-founder and global ambassador of the “Keep a child alive” foundation. Today she continues to encourage individuals, governments, corporations, philanthropists and artists to unite and help to fight for the rights of children and families suffering from AIDS.

                  On the other hand, opponents of this view believe that some stars are selfish and insincere in their support towards international charities, as they are more concerned about drawing attention to themselves which detracts from the true meaning of charity. For example, according to a poll conducted by Looktothestars.org, some public figures like Jay-Z believe that their performace at a charity concert is already their contribution to the cause because outside of that it would have to be paid for.

                  To conclude, I believe that when superstars champion international charities it builds public awareness and confidence across a wider cross-section, as well as influences other celebrities to contribute to new and existing aids to make a valuable impact on society.

                • Yes, it’s better but don’t forget to restate your opinion in the body paragraph that you agree with. You can’t only have your opinion in the introduction and conclusion.
                  Liz

  10. Eduardo Aguirre says:

    Dear Liz,
    I am practising to take the IELTS TEST (GENERAL) and I need your opinion if you have time of course.

    Best wishes

    Eduardo
    ……………
    A part of the population contemplates publics celebrities are in favor of nonprofits organizations more than other celebrities, who gives them minus attention.
    There are a lot of famous actors, singers, athletes, philanthropists and other unknown persons with a high purchasing power and they decided to help not just a minority but an entire country with their problems. Well known examples are Bill Gates who is dedicated to eradicate the AIDS in Africa or Angelina Jolie in the same country fighting against poverty. They are trying to awareness the entire world about problems that governments cannot solve by their own or they aren´t interested to do something.
    Contrasting the last paragraph not every rich people have intentions to contribute doing campaigns or organize events, concerts, meetings to fundraising. They live in different countries with other realities and they have other responsibilities or liabilities to fullfill.
    In my opinion they have different problems to concern and realities are not the same. Some of them or their relatives had diseases and that was the beginning of the changed in their lives. When they pass through a serious issues like drugs, alcohol, suicides or cancer for instance there is no way back and it produces important convertions. It depends on every person if they want to share the experience ot help other people with the same situation. They are doing a good job making promotion of the problems and attempt to find a final solution because they have everything needed to diffuse ideas and convinced people that we can do something about it.

    • Hi Eduardo,

      There are a number issues with your essay which you need to tackle directly. Firstly, your introduction. There should be two statements – a background statement and a thesis statement. For this essay, your thesis statement must give your opinion. See my model discussion essay to see how to do this: http://ieltsliz.com/tag/model-task-1/.

      You need to plan your supporting points for each side and make sure they are both equally well supported. You also need to check how to write a conclusion. The conclusion should never contain new ideas. It should only ever summarise your position and add one final comment if needed.

      IELTS are very particular about the structure of an essay, about development of ideas, about where you put information in your essay and about paragraphing. Try to work on it.
      All the best
      Liz

  11. Hi Liz,

    I’m writing to you just to asking about the meaning of the following part: “international aids organizations”.
    Is that about the organizations that help other or is reffering to international organization that help people with aids?.
    How do I know if “aids” is used to express the “illness” or to express “help”?.
    I think, that maybe the illness is written with capital letters, but I’m not sure about that.

    I hope you can helpe me with this,

    Best fro you and thanks for yout work on this web.
    Bye…

    Gera.

  12. Hani Shaker says:

    Hi Liz ,
    Hope that finds you well and at your best .
    Please , check that essay and score it .
    Thanks so much for your help .
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    Celebrities have been used globally to get people interested in aiding international charitable organizations all over the last decades . While many argue that it is beneficial to project popular and dignitary figures who support international aids organizations because this can draw people’s attention to community problems , others believe that this new trend has had a reverse detrimental impact on society sufferings . Personally , I believe that celebrities can be role models , leading people to resolve society problems .

    On the one hand , advocates of this new trend argue that many people follow the news of celebrities via various mass media means and are intrigued to know about them . Therefore , celebrities can be role models for the overwhelming majority of people towards supporting global charitable institutions . Take Bill Gates as an illustration , he has spent most of his wealth on supporting orphanages all over the world . Bill gates managed to get people’s interest towards orphans sufferings and , furthermore , spurred many of affluent people to follow him in supporting orphans all over the world . In other words , enthusiasts believe that dignitary figures can boost the interest in resolving compelling problems of a society better than ordinary people .

    Debunkers , on the other hand believe that using celebrities for projecting society problems has had a n adverse effect on people . People have got intrigued to know how they became famous and how they made their filthy riches . An instance illustrating this in action is the popular soccer Emanuel Missy . Young people all over the world are much more interested in his matches , goals , marriage , girl friends and wealth rather than being interested in his charity deeds or news . Most people know well his goals but few know that he donated more than two million dollars to poor families in his countries . In other words , skeptics think that popular people can worsen the situation towards ending the sufferings of a community .

    Personally , I believe that celebrities role is essential for drawing citizens attention towards the problems confronting their communities . This can be put into action if mass media means boost their charitable role in supporting international aids rather than focusing on the personal news of the celebrities . Thus , they can be positive role models to others and will eventually result in resolving society problems .

    In conclusion , it is argued by some that celebrities role in projecting community deficits can result in an adverse detrimental impact on societies . However , I believe that their role in solving society problems has become intrinsic and , therefore , should be boosted via mass media .

  13. Hi, Moon!
    First of all, i would like to thank you from the inner part of my heart to have endeavored to write the essay on the topic which has really been helpful for me personally.
    The words you have used are good. It was so flawless that i could not stop reading till the end.
    Actually, i am also preparing to sit in the exam so

    Moon!
    while reading, i have found some words and sentences which made me confused, such as
    in your third paragraph, you have written, ” many positive response”…is it many responses? ….some big name individuals…” what does big name?..what about renowned personalities?
    :who admire price” what does it refer?

    It is just what i have felt.
    You have done a great job!

    With Best Regards!
    Rajeen

    • Thanks Rajeen.
      I admit that I have some spelling and grammar flaw, for example, ” prince ” as I wrote price 🙂
      Response should be ” responses ”
      What I understand ” big names” in news articles is the same as your choice of words, “renowned ”
      Thank you for your highlights.
      Regards
      Moon

  14. Dear Liz,
    This would be my answer to this recent exam. I hope to hear your opinion about it.

    Best regards
    Mariel

    P.S: Other students comments are highly welcome too. 🙂
    The influence of a popular personality can bring light on problems regarding international aid groups. However, some disagree because a famous face might minimize the importance of the issue. I think that the involvement of celebrities can contribute to a positive impact on different global assistance organizations.

    A popular figure is an advantage because they can have a louder voice compared to ordinary individuals on problems like human rights and equality. Firstly, celebrities have an enormous fan base worldwide and people tend to look up to them as a role model. For instance, British actress Emma Watson was appointed as a UN ambassador on gender equality. Her speech has opened the eyes on such a long standing issue that has been neglected for sometime. Secondly, the popularity of famous people may encourage individuals to participate for humanitarian campaigns. A classical example would be the Ice Bucket challenge which has gone viral last year. Famous faces started the trend which eventually spread like fire all over the world. It promoted awareness on the then unknown disease called ALS and inspired many to donate money for such a cause.

    On the other hand, some may argue that celebrity participation has its drawbacks on international organizations. Firstly, famous people are not perfect like everyone else. If a celebrity’s status gets stained with personal conflicts, it might affect her credibility as an ambassador on an important campaign. Secondly, the mere presence of a prominent person like Angelina Jolie might steal the show and focus more on the person rather than on the problem that needs to be addressed.

    To sum it up, albeit some people may think that celebrity involvement has disadvantages, I still believe that they are an asset to the success of various global campaigns.

    • Thanks. I have noted good phrases as follow.
      Open the eyes on what has been neglected before
      Famous faces
      Go viral
      Spread like fire all over the world
      Steal the show
      An asset to the various global campaigns

      PS. Do we need to give opinion of choice in one of the body paragraphs? I have noted in introduction and conclusion.

      • To Moon

        Thanks for your comment. I think it’s okay to give your opinion about the topic but I’m not sure about it. I hope to hear from Liz about it. With regards to the introduction and conclusion, I just paraphrased it as you can see both sentences meant my stand on the issue.

        • Sure, let me give you a tip. You need to put your opinion in the introduction, a body paragraph and conclusion. If you have a balanced approach, which means you don’t completely agree with either side and you have a specific opinion of your own, you should have a separate body paragraph for it so you can explain it in detail. However, in this essay, you agree with one side. So, here is how you can mention your opinion again in the body paragraph: “On the one hand, having a famous figure involved in an aid organisation can help raise awareness of the problem according to some and I agree.” This way we are showing that we will discuss this side and we are mentioning again for the reader that this is the side we agree with.
          All the best
          Liz

          • Thank you Liz. You are the great teacher. Best regards
            Moon

          • Thank you Liz for your tip. I’ll keep this in mind. But, won’t I be redundant if I mention again my opinion in the body of my essay? And in your opinion, is my essay worthy of a band 7? I hope to hear from you soon.
            Best regards,
            Mariel

  15. zubair akhtar says:

    hi , I am very thankful to you ,publishing such a great material for ielts preparation.

  16. ALI NAWAZ says:

    thank you so much madam you teach very well actually i want reading material will u please send.

  17. Pary ali says:

    Hi liz,
    İ dont have questıon actually, but i just wanted to ask u if u could send me the link of the İELST original writing paper, as in 1 of your videos you mentıoned that but i couldnt find the link so please i have left only few days for the exam & i want to see the paper befor going to the if thats ok with you.
    Thanks

  18. Hi Liz, I really appreciate your teaching. I understand very well your English.

  19. Dear Liz
    I am grateful that you give us a chance to be updated with very recent question.
    Here is my essay. I am grateful if you have time to give me some advice.
    Best regards
    Moon

    People have different views about celebrities’ involvement in numerous campaigns for humanitarian crisis. Although many think that this would minimise the significance of the problems, I strongly believe that their participation could brings several benefits to achieve global participation.
    There are some good arguments for the view that famous people could make the issue less significant. Firstly, those high-profile people are sometimes fashion icons. This could divert the media attention to their styles, dresses and their personal lives, rather than the objectives of the actual aid campaigns. Secondly, people sometimes think that some famous individuals could try hard to establish publicity campaigns for the sake of their own fame. This view point may mask the real attention of aid projects they are leading and then, the global concern of the crisis would possibly fade off. Finally, people do not usually categorise successful people in down to the earth group, and their work is considered as superficial with no in-depth help to the crisis.
    Despite all above arguments, I personally believe that participation of celebrities could make a huge difference to the global help projects. One main reason behind is that celebrities have a huge fan-base, who are always willing to follow the actions that is promoted by their idols. For example, a tweet or a comment posted on the walls of social media could bring many positive response to the current issue. Another point is that some big name individuals can be a leading symbol for previously untouched area. For instance, when a high-profile person like Prince William go to China for animal rights and conservation, there are many more young advocates, who admire Price, would love to do activities in such area. In addition, there are recent success stories in many international aid programmes where famous icons join the government aid campaigns, I particular, actress Angelina Joli teamed up with the former foreign secretary, W Hugue in the campaign of “sexual violence at war areas”, it simply obtains widespread media awareness.
    In conclusion, although people think such involvement is negative, I believe most celebrities can help to raise awareness of international aid projects to benefit to those who are in need.

    • I’m on holiday until some time next month. Hopefully other students will be able to give you feedback.
      Liz

    • Maria Eduarda says:

      Hi Moon,

      I would like to make some personal comments on your essay, which I particularly enjoyed reading as most of the expressions you used were arranged in such a way that did not made me feel asleep, you know… the variety of vocabulary to express both arguments for and against were well chosen (in addition, I loved your hyphed-noun usage).
      I am to take IELTS soon and reading your text could make me aware of what to do. However, I need to say, some of your sentences are too long, such as that part of “In addition… media awareness”. I would suggest you to be careful with ponctuation, I’ve got a little confused.
      Another point, in your last paragraph you wrote “to benefit to those”, I think “to benefit of those” would be better off.
      You made good choices on the examples you cited and I do think you chose good strong verbs.

      Best wishes,

      Maria Eduarda.

  20. Hi Liz,
    If I state problems like education, poverty and clean water which famous people can help. Then I say why.

    On the other hand, I will state some reasons why the celebrities should not offer finacial support, such as people will take it for granted. Second, they become contented and lazier to work…
    Am I off topic?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Heather,

      Be careful with your ideas and make sure they are on topic. This essay is not about celebrities giving money to the charity. It’s about celebrities supporting and championing the cause with their name. The celebrities use their status to attract people to the charity – that’s all.
      All the best
      Liz

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