Esther Konijn, our new team member
Esther Konijn has graduated the BSc Tourism of Wageningen University and NHTV Breda last July. During her studies she discovered she had a specific interest to obtain more profound knowledge about tourism in developing countries. On the one hand tourism can be beneficial in several cases to solve problems in those countries, while on the other hand it can also intensify or worsen certain problems. In order to understand the background and issues of developing countries more comprehensively, Esther followed several courses in the field of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki during the last year of her studies.
“some have stronger voices, while others remain silent”
In her thesis, she wanted to combine her knowledge about tourism with her knowledge about developing countries and on that account she chose voluntary work with children as her thesis´ topic. In the Netherlands there has been a quite severe discussion upon the beneficiaries of voluntary work and if it is something which can be justified. Due to this discussion a lot of critical views upon voluntary work were exposed. Soon, Esther´s findings of her thesis will be presented at our website. To give a little sneak peak: we already reveal that her analysis, of the current concerns of the Dutch media, academics, public organisations and volunteer organisations, unveiled not all sides of voluntary work are equally represented within this discussion (some have stronger voices, while others remain silent).
“I believe it is very important that (prospective) volunteers know where they should go to contribute in a beneficial way and therefore I simply cannot put all the information, I collected during my thesis, aside. I would like to make an effort to improve the voluntary industry as I know still many improvements are necessary and can be made.” And that’s why Esther joined Volunteer Correct. At the moment, she is involved in developing the transparency-index in which all Dutch voluntary organisations will be qualified. We are truly happy with her support.
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