Volunteer Correct is proud to present the most recent addition to the team.
Marjolein Beishuizen is a student of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. In the past few years she has taken a gap year twice, and gained first hand experience by doing volunteer work abroad. It tainted her view. “Both times, I came home with the feeling that the amount I had paid ended up mostly with the Netherlands based volunteer organizations and without the feeling that I had made a contribution to the local community in the developing I visited.”
When critique of volunteer tourism reached the media last year, she felt called to action. She and her fellow student Tessa Bregman decided to choose voluntourism as the topic for their bachelor thesis. They traveled together to Guatemala last year to research volunteertourism for three months. They visited four different projects to see what the consequences of the volunteer work were for the local community. Additionally, they came up with recommendations for both volunteers and locals to limit the negative effects that volunteer tourism could have. “With our results we aim to contribute to the discussions that are currently going on around this topic, and we believe that we can help Volunteer Correct to reach their mission; promote transparency and accountability in international volunteer work.”
Marjolein Beishouzen has joined Volunteer Correct’s team who are currently developing a transparency index, listing all Dutch volunteer sending organisations.
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