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Volunteering Abroad with Children: A game of double standards? | LSE Careers blog
Ruth Taylor, who is coming to LSE to undertake an MSc in Human Rights in October, is currently volunteering in Ghana as KickStart Ghana's Volunteer Coordinator. She is blogging about her experiences and some issues facing the overseas volunteering sector. You can also view the original blog. Let me ask you. How many times have you logged onto Facebook and been greeted with a newly-updated profile picture of one of your friends, volunteer-smile intact, affectionately cuddling a small, rather grubby-looking child, from an unknown African nation? Once? Twice? Too many times to recall? If you haven't experienced it personally, you'll probably be aware of the growing phenomenon sweeping schools, colleges and Universities across the Western world. In search of adventure and a desire to break normalcy, our young people, during their gap years or summer holidays, are jetting off to volunteer (more often than not, with children) in countries across the Global South… It's become a craze. Like