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Best Practices for Volunteering Overseas

Tips, tools, and resources to volunteer your professional skills overseas and safely plan the trip of a lifetime.
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2,674 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2016
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Have the confidence and resources to plan a safe, high-impact, and meaningful international volunteering trip.
Be aware of the factors most important when working in a different culture
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  • If students are interested in volunteering their skills abroad they can go to MovingWorlds and sign up
  • Be aware that this course is long but extremely important to understanding all things necessary when working in a different community

Volunteering overseas is a truly remarkable experience that will have a profound effect on you, and the people around you. Through this personal voyage it is worth taking the time to reflect on why you are doing this and what kind of impact you want to make. The MovingWorld’s Training covers:

  1. The State of Global Development and How You Can Help
  2. Preparing Yourself for an International Volunteering Experience
  3. Experteering Best Practices
  4. Cultural Sensitivity and Communication
  5. Tips and Resources for a Productive Planning Process
  6. How to Get the Most Out of Your Experience
Who is the target audience?
  • Early, mid, and late career professionals that want to give back
  • Anyone who is interested in working in a different environment on a short project
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 02:12:22
Introduction to the MovingWorlds Training
1 Lecture 01:38
Introduction with Mark Horoszowski- MovingWorld's CoFounder
The State of Global Development - And Your Role In It.
4 Lectures 19:53
The State of Global Development
2 pages

Via Ted.com: Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.

Let my Dataset Change Your Mindset

Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset Review
2 pages

The Global Talent Gap and Why It's Important to You
4 pages

State of Global Development Quiz
2 questions
Preparing Yourself for an International Experteering Experience
6 Lectures 26:24

This video is the first of Learning Service's volunteer travel series. It's aimed at would-be volunteers who are looking for placements, and offers handy suggestions on ensuring you make responsible choices that are right for you and the organization you'd like to help.

Finding a Responsible Placement

Summary of ”Finding a Responsible Placement”
3 pages

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

The Power of Empathy

The Power of Empathy Review
4 pages

Via Ted.com: We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" — people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice.

Inspiring a Life of Immersion

"Inspiring a Life of Immersion" Review
2 pages

Preparing Yourself for an International Experteering Experience Quiz
2 questions
Experteering Best Practices
4 Lectures 22:21

The second video Learning Service's series is for those who have signed up to volunteer either at home or abroad, or are already volunteering right now. It's designed to help you make a valuable contribution to the organization you're working with, and ensure that you're impact is positive and responsible

Being a Valuable Volunteer

Being a Valuable Volunteer Review
1 page

Via Ted.com: When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur and international volunteer.

If you want to help someone...shut up and listen

Some quotes and key take-aways from the talk "Shutup and Listen".

“Want to Help Someone? Shut-up and Listen!” Review
3 pages

Experteering Best Practices Quiz
2 questions
Cultural Sensitivity and Communication
2 Lectures 18:46

Via Ted.com: Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. To set the stage for an Experteering experience, you must understand that you have "single stories" of the people you will be supporting, and they might have "single stories" of you.

The Danger of a Single Story

Some quotes and key take-aways from the talk "The Danger of a Single Story".

The Danger of a Single Story PPP
4 pages

Cultural Sensitivity and Communication Quiz
2 questions
Mid-Point - From Concept to Practical Tips
1 Lecture 01:08
Productive Planning Process with Nafessa Kassim- Director of Global Engagements
Tips and Resources for a Productive Planning Process
3 Lectures 02:26
Experteer Planning Guide Walk Through
3 pages

At Grameen Foundation they follow a process for identifying and scaling solutions to problems faced by poor people -- the Solutions Innovation Process -- that incorporates human-centered design and scalable business practices.

Human Centered Design

Human Centered Design Review
3 pages

Productive Planning Process Quiz
2 questions
Getting the Most Out of Your Trip
1 Lecture 00:00
Take Time to Reflect When Experteering
7 pages
In Conclusion
2 Lectures 02:01
In Conclusion with Mark and Nafessa

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