Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Five things we don’t do (part 3: the final installment, but not the final word)

"Hold still. I just need to photograph your distress from a different angle."

The obligations to avoid volunteering “done wrong” fall predominantly to the sending organisations who have the opportunity to learn from experience and continually improve the process. This final installment includes considerations behind the scenes which may not be immediately apparent to the individuals who apply to volunteer.

Volunteer feedback influences approach

While identifying needs is important, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) looks to address these by building on the assets that exist within the local community.


The key to community is the acceptance, in fact the celebration of our individual and cultural differences. It is also the key to world peace. - M. Scott Peck