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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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

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

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the MovingWorlds Training
Introduction with Mark Horoszowski- MovingWorld's CoFounder
Section 2: The State of Global Development - And Your Role In It.
The State of Global Development
2 pages

Via 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 Review
2 pages
The Global Talent Gap and Why It's Important to You
4 pages
State of Global Development Quiz
2 questions
Section 3: Preparing Yourself for an International Experteering Experience

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.

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 Review
4 pages

Via 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" Review
2 pages
Preparing Yourself for an International Experteering Experience Quiz
2 questions
Section 4: Experteering Best Practices

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 Review
1 page

Via 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.

3 pages

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

Experteering Best Practices Quiz
2 questions
Section 5: Cultural Sensitivity and Communication

Via 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.

4 pages

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

Cultural Sensitivity and Communication Quiz
2 questions
Section 6: Mid-Point - From Concept to Practical Tips
Productive Planning Process with Nafessa Kassim- Director of Global Engagements
Section 7: Tips and Resources for a Productive Planning Process
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 Review
3 pages
Productive Planning Process Quiz
2 questions
Section 8: Getting the Most Out of Your Trip
Take Time to Reflect When Experteering
7 pages
Section 9: In Conclusion
In Conclusion with Mark and Nafessa
Supplementary Reading

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