Hundreds of young Spanish volunteers were last Thursday evacuated from Ghana after a disagreement with an aid project they signed up for via Instagram descended into chaos
Lured by Instagram pictures of smiling volunteers embracing African children and promotional posts from a handful of “Insta-Celeb” influencers, the volunteers paid €850 each for their stays - not including travel, visas or vaccinations.
But participants complained they had arrived in the Ghanaian town of Winneba to find the projects either in a state of complete disarray, or non-existent.
According to Telegraph.co.uk, supposed leaders were either absent or drawn from the volunteers themselves, while materials or funds needed for projects were missing.
Volunteers complained of being left without beds or food and in some cases accommodation entirely as promised stays were cut short.
On Thursday, more than 130 volunteers - most aged between 16 and 24 - were evacuated out of Ghana by the Spanish Embassy after being threatened by a group of armed men - allegedly sent by Yes We Help itself.
Those in Ghana mounted a protest with a banner denouncing "fraud", while a participant in Sri Lanka posted to Instagram a song calling on Mr Zarroca to "come out of his hotel" and explain himself - a move which, he told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, drew a threat of legal action.
Mr Zarroca himself appeared concerned only with filming and urging them to recruit
Another 17-year-old, who wished to remain anonymous, said the volunteers believed Mr Zarroca himself had called in the "mercenaries", while Spain's foreign ministry also blamed Yes We Help.
Neither Mr Zarroca nor Yes We Help - which since removed its claim to be an NGO from its webpage - responded to repeated requests from the Telegraph, while
Meanwhile, the Spanish Embassy in Accra has declined comment on the matter due to the "data protection law in Spain".
"Sorry we cannot disclose any information about Spanish nationals due to the data protection law in Spain," the Spanish Embassy said in an emailed response to GraphicOnline.