International volunteerism: A case study of experiences and impacts
LE3 .278 2013
Master of Recreation Management
International volunteering engages people all over the world and demonstrates large impacts in the lives of volunteers when they return home. While numerous studies have documented significant impacts and some have broadly categorized the nature of the volunteer experiences, little work has examined the relationship between the nature of the experiences and the impacts. This interpretive case study of the Nova Scotia-Gambia Association (NSGA) examines and conceptualizes the relationship between the experiences and impacts for both recent and past volunteers. It explores the process of international volunteering through interviews, participant observations, and surveys. The study assesses the strength of the NSGA volunteer program in developing positive experiences and impacts while also identifying strategies to keep their international volunteers continually engaged with the organization after completing their international project. Results and interpretations are presented in two formats: a scholarly article to be submitted for publication and a program evaluation to be submitted to the Nova Scotia- Gambia Association Board of Directors.
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