Dispelling the White Knight Complex: Melbourne event on volunteering

Is international volunteering a genuine asset to development? Or just a way to fulfil our own desires to save the world? Is there a ‘right way’ to run a volunteer program?

In an event on Thursday 19 November in Melbourne, Red Cross will present a lively debate about what it takes to build stronger, more sustainable volunteering programs.

Devpolicy’s Ashlee Betteridge will be participating (you can read her reflections on her volunteer experience here). Other panellists include Marc Purcell of ACFID, Peter Devereux of Curtin University, and Chrisanta Muli of Oxfam Australia.

The event runs 6pm-9pm at the David Pennington Building, Melbourne University.

Register and find out more details here.


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Camilla Burkot

Camilla Burkot was a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, and Editor of the Devpolicy Blog, from 2015 to 2017. She has a background in social anthropology and holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and has field experience in Eastern and Southern Africa, and PNG. She now works for the Burnet Institute.

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