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Volunteer Voices: Key Insights from International Development Experiences

Volunteer Voices: Key Insights from International Development Experiences

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  • ISBN-10: 1853399434
  • ISBN-13: 9781853399435
  • Publisher: Practical Action
  • Release Date: Apr 21, 2017
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.7 x 5.1 inches


Do you want to spend time on the other side of the world, seeing how people in developing countries live, and doing something to "make a difference?" Do you want to get first-hand experience of grassroots development as you start a career in international development? Volunteer Voices is a guide for the critically minded volunteer and early career development worker. It is designed to help aspiring young change-makers engage with the complicated environment of international volunteering from a hands-on perspective that can help them to benefit and contribute as much as possible from the experience. Beyond technical expertise and factual knowledge, creating change comes largely from our own mind sets and attitudes.

By sharing stories, mistakes, and lessons learned in this collection of short stories, the book guides readers to reflect on their own work and how their own practice might improve. Each individual and experience is unique, and no blueprints are offered. Providing stories and concepts for reflection instead allows readers to consider how particular ideas relate to their own contexts and then to determine how to proceed. This process is crucial to the development of an effective volunteer, and this book provides practical support.

This book is essential reading for gap year students, volunteers, and early career professionals embarking on work in grassroots international development projects.

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