French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Oh you don’t want the “douche bag” etiquette?! really? Here is for you then! “End Humanitarian Douchery” is a Canadian campaign to stop irresponsible volunteerism, by spreading awareness and providing good resources for aspiring do-gooders. The campaign has just started with this hilarious video “if Voluntarism talked about North America”.
Good will is not sufficient if you really want to help and make a difference.I am not saying that volunteerism should be forbidden, not at all. In the Philippines, in the aftermath of the typhoon Yolanda, hundreds of volunteers did an awesome job! Lots of volunteers are bringing a real savoir faire on the islands and are genuinely helping people.
The organization behind ‘End Humanitarian Douchery” advocates for “Fair Trade Learning“, a “global educational partnership exchange that prioritizes reciprocity in relationships though cooperative, cross-cultural participation in learning, service, and civil efforts”.
Take it from a senior aid worker, if you really want to be useful, do you homework on the NGO you want to work with (what do they exactly do? how can you fit it? how about its reputation?). Assess your skills, and most of all remember that a humanitarian mission is not about You. It is about the people you’ll help in assisting. It is all about respect and empathy, so you have to be able to live without social media for a while..
Still up for it? Follow the campaign and Join the conversation online with #EndHumanitarianDouchery
(and just because I loved this book, find some times to read Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell On Earth. ) Safe journeys!
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