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Article: Bridging Cultures through Unpaid Labor: US Volunteer Teachers’ Experiences in China’s Yunnan Province

TitleBridging Cultures through Unpaid Labor: US Volunteer Teachers’ Experiences in China’s Yunnan Province
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0957-8765
Citation
Voluntas, 2014 How to Cite?
AbstractInternational volunteering has become a complex field in the context of globalization. Within the discourses of international volunteering and development programs as well as in the voices of volunteers, the field can be understood as one of unpaid transnational labor, as social activism and altruism, and as a new “soft power” post-colonial agenda. Many studies contend in this context that international volunteers need better training for intercultural understanding amidst these disparate frameworks, to make meaning out of their service and effectively contribute to communities they serve. This study examines the motivations, experiences, and challenges of US volunteer teachers in China’s Yunnan Province as reported within a survey implemented in 2012. Findings elaborate on the challenge volunteers face reconciling cross-cultural views of education while working in post-colonial global contexts, and suggest that intercultural training is necessary to prepare volunteers for related global work practices in the future.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/212016
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.097
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.441

 

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dc.contributor.authorJackson, EJ-
dc.contributor.authorAdarlo, GM-
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-21T02:19:22Z-
dc.date.available2015-07-21T02:19:22Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationVoluntas, 2014-
dc.identifier.issn0957-8765-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/212016-
dc.description.abstractInternational volunteering has become a complex field in the context of globalization. Within the discourses of international volunteering and development programs as well as in the voices of volunteers, the field can be understood as one of unpaid transnational labor, as social activism and altruism, and as a new “soft power” post-colonial agenda. Many studies contend in this context that international volunteers need better training for intercultural understanding amidst these disparate frameworks, to make meaning out of their service and effectively contribute to communities they serve. This study examines the motivations, experiences, and challenges of US volunteer teachers in China’s Yunnan Province as reported within a survey implemented in 2012. Findings elaborate on the challenge volunteers face reconciling cross-cultural views of education while working in post-colonial global contexts, and suggest that intercultural training is necessary to prepare volunteers for related global work practices in the future.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0957-8765-
dc.relation.ispartofVoluntas-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-014-9519-1-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleBridging Cultures through Unpaid Labor: US Volunteer Teachers’ Experiences in China’s Yunnan Province-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailJackson, EJ: lizjackson@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityJackson, EJ=rp01633-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11266-014-9519-1-
dc.identifier.hkuros245880-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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