The impact of international service on host communities in Mexico

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Butcher, Jacqueline
Date of publication
1 June 2005
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 7; Number 2
Social welfare
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This article will explore how volunteer activity understood under the headings of international service and cross-national volunteering has had an impact in Mexico, in both local and national settings and from both the developmental and the individual perspective. The state of volunteering in Mexico is examined, as is the importance of assessing impact and considering all the actors involved in international service: the organisation as a whole, the volunteers that undertake the activity (the servers) and the individuals and communities served (the recipients). Two Mexican examples are considered: Habitat for Humanity, and LEAD (Leadership, Experience And Development), an international programme run by the Junior League of Mexico City. Finally, some general research questions are suggested as a basis for future enquiries into the impact of international service on host communities.

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