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Dispelling the White Knight Complex

Debating the point of international volunteering.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Is international volunteering a genuine asset to development? Or just a way to meet our own desire to save the world? Even if this is the case, so what? Is there a 'right way' to run a volunteer program?

Red Cross presents a lively debate - featuring humour, research, evaluation, and idealism in equal proportions.

We're bringing together some of the loudest champions and fiercest critics of international volunteering, so that together, we can have a constructive debate about what it takes to build stronger, more sustainable volunteering programs.

Marc Purcell, ACFID
Peter Devereux, Curtin University
Ashlee Betteridge, Development Policy Centre
Chrisanta Muli, Oxfam Australia

Tracee Hutchison, writer, broadcaster and social justice advocate

Who should attend?
Don't miss this if you're (a) interested in different modalities of development, (b) working in the development sector - in the field or headquarters, (c) an academic or policy advisor or (d) curious about the effects of international volunteering. You'll leave with new ideas, valuable resources and a healthy dose of post-colonial guilt.

Thursday 19 November 2015, 6pm - 9pm

David Penington Building, Melbourne University
Bio21 Institute, 30 Flemington Road, Parkville

Register online by Monday 16 November

Contact: Amanda Perry on 02 8234 3136