Expectations & Realities of International Development Volunteering

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Schech, Susanne Barbara
Mundkur, Anuradha
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Flinders University
The research sought to capture the distinctive contributions of international development volunteerism (IDV) to development assistance and people-to-people links. It asked: 1. How does IDV enable the building of development partnerships? 2. To what extent does IDV produce or consolidate cosmopolitan orientations in volunteers and host organisations? This report presents a preliminary analysis of data collected in two surveys of volunteers – one conducted a week or so before the volunteers’ departure from Australia, and the other conducted within 6 months of their return to Australia. The response rate for the Pre-Placement Survey was 66 percent while the response rate for the Returned Volunteer Survey was an estimated 20%. Comparisons between the surveys should therefore be drawn with caution.
Copyright © Flinders University 2016. This report is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
International Development, Volunteering, international development volunteerism (IDV), bilateral aid programmes
Schech, S., & Mundkur, A. (2016). Expectations and realities of international development volunteering. Bedford Park, SA: Flinders University.