- 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
- 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:
- The State of Global Development and How You Can Help
- Preparing Yourself for an International Volunteering Experience
- Experteering Best Practices
- Cultural Sensitivity and Communication
- Tips and Resources for a Productive Planning Process
- How to Get the Most Out of Your Experience
- 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
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.
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.
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
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.
Some quotes and key take-aways from the talk "Shutup and Listen".
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.
Some quotes and key take-aways from the talk "The Danger of a Single Story".
As you work through your planning guide with your host organization, if you run into any questions or would like guidance, we invite you to share your questions to the MovingWorlds Community platform for support. Visit the Community platform here: http://bit.ly/2LbY08v