Cross-National Volunteering A Developing Movement?

This extract reviews the extent and nature of cross-national volunteering and takes a critical look at the ways in which it is emerging as a powerful force in globalised civil society. It argues there has been an absolute increase in the number of people volunteering outside their own national boundaries and tangible changes in the nature of this activity, with a move to more beneficial forms of cross national engagement, alongside a somewhat contradictory growth in short-term ‘vacation’ or ‘tourism’ volunteering. It looks at both the benefits and drawbacks of cross-national volunteering for the key stakeholding groups – the volunteers; the sending and receiving organisations; and the host community – and concludes with some recommendations for policy and practice.

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