There is a growing awareness of ethical practices relevant to international service work. Good intentions alone are not adequate in properly addressing a community's needs. Louise Power, our Field Operations Manager in La Merced, Peru, is weighing in on effective and ethical approaches to volunteer abroad.
Our mission entails serving underprivileged communities around the globe. What allows us to do that in a manner that is sustainable, ethical, and productive, is being an organization of global individuals.
Finding an opportunity to serve overseas can be fairly easy. However, it requires extra effort for a volunteer to identify an international service program that truly keeps a community's best interests in mind. Here is a list of eight ethical practices for intentionally-minded volunteers. Use these tips to ensure your efforts abroad are sustainable, helpful, and conscientious.