Grouporation = Group + Collaboration
[Noah’s Note: Boris is one of my best friends and he gives great hugs.]
Background: I am volunteering this May to go to a small village in the jungles of El Salvador to help some former-revolutionaries that defended their villages from the death squads of the ARENA party in the late 80’s and early 90’s. While there I will be helping the peaceful-villages-turned-revolutionaries-turned-peaceful-villagers rebuild their communities. I am going on this trip with a group of people and this trip is organized by the AJWS which has a 5 year relationship with this village (and many others like it) in helping them rebuild and fight poverty.
Problem: This trip is not free even though I’m volunteering. There are many organizations through which you can come and volunteer in developing countries, virtually none of these volunteer opportunities are free of cost.
Questions for you:
1) If people like you and I from the Western world are willing to donate their time and energy to volunteer to help others in need, should we be able to do it without paying out-of-pocket expenses? How can someone wishing to volunteer for such a cause get sponsorship?
2) What if companies or individuals sponsored people to go and volunteer in 3rd world countries, sort of like micro-sponsorship, would this work as a business model for an organization? Sort of like a Kiva except for people to go directly and help.
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