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The Voluntourist’s Dilemma

The Voluntourist’s Dilemma

Several years ago, when I was working as a reporter based in Haiti, I came upon a group of older Christian missionaries in the mountains above Port-au-Prince, struggling with heavy shovels to stir a pile of cement and sand. They were there to build a school alongside a Methodist church. Muscular Haitian masons stood by […]

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UN Volunteers’ SOW Report

UN Volunteers’ SOW Report

Click here to view the full text of the report. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY There is widespread agreement that the future development agenda has to see some radical shifts to better engage people in their own, their community’s and country’s development. Enhanced mechanisms for civic engagement are needed to enable new discussions, negotiations and decisions. This report […]

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Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance Announcement is brought to you by www.BuildingBridgesCoalition.org We are thrilled to share with you that the Franklin Project, ServiceNation and the Service Year Exchange (incubated by the National Conference on Citizenship) have merged into a new, single organization. The organization will be a joint venture between Be The Change, Inc. and The […]

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Focus on the UK’s VSO

Focus on the UK’s VSO

VSO volunteers at a rice planting activity in Chittagong, Bangladesh. How can organizations adapt to the new and shifting priorities in volunteering? Photo by: Piers Brown / CC BY   Volunteers — and the institutions benefiting from their time and skills — want to change how the volunteer role fits into global development. “Going forward, I […]

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