Complexities of International Service

Serving in other countries requires special attention to communication, culture, language and history of US involvement in those countries.  Branch Out values working closely with communities to achieve their goals, developing projects that they discern and lead while contributing our skills and fostering our continued commitment and advocacy while back in the US.

These articles address some common concerns of international alternative breaks, service and voluntourism.

“Want to help someone? Shut up and Listen!” TED Talk by Ernesto Sirolli, about importance of working with communities to develop appropriate aid projects

Infrastructure key to giving properly – CNN

Voluntourism – We Have to Stop Making this About Your Niece, Huff Post, 7-16-12

Slumdog Tourism – NY Times 8-9-10

Poverty Tourism Can Make Us Thankful – Kent Annan

Before you pay to volunteer abroad – Guardian 11-10

International Volunteer Service_ Good Intentions Are Not Enough – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The White Savior Industrial Complex – International – The Atlantic

Strategies to Mitigate the Negative impacts of international service-learning on host communities

To Hell with Good Intentions – abridged

Ethical Dilemma – Giving More than We Thought We Gave

Voluntourism – We Have to Stop Making this About Your Niece, Huff Post, 7-16-12

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