Perceptions of CSO volunteer and intern cross-cultural experiences: Examining pre-departure training and reintegration support
Mount Saint Vincent University
This research explores CSO volunteer and intern perceptions of their experiences working in developing countries within the context of cross-cultural interaction and collaboration. Those experiences are framed by the pre-departure training and reintegration support that each received, or the lack thereof, and how the elements of each affected the overall experience. Research tools included observation of an intern debriefing, an online survey and interviews. Data was coded to identify three global themes: personal growth, cultural exchange and global citizenship. Generally, the more knowledge and support received by volunteers and interns while abroad, the more prepared they felt to interact in the community. However, there were several other contributing factors to successful integration within their host communities. These included knowledge of the local language and previous experience working or living abroad.
Civil society organization, volunteer, interns, global citizen, non-governmental organization, training, reintegration