Why volunteering overseas is usually not the best place to start.
Suggested reads for anyone passing by this week. A discussion of sorts taking place between these two posts, at the MIT Global Challenge Notebook, and Saundra the author of the Good Intentions is Not Enough blog.
US Aid Professionals to American Volunteers: Stay Home
If this were you, what skills and abilities would you want from a voluntourist?
This is something that needs to be mulled over by every well meaning volutourist – otherwise known as people with good intentions traveling abroad to stick nose in business they have absolutely no knowledge of, sometimes with good intentions, often just to say they did it or to convert people to Christianity.
Stay home, do something in your community, then your state, then you nation……then …we’ll see.