“Hoping to Help”

Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering offers a comprehensive assessment of global health volunteering, based on research into how it currently operates, its benefits and drawbacks, and how it might be organized to contribute more effectively. Overseas volunteering has book coverexploded in numbers and interest in the last couple of decades. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people travel from wealthier to poorer countries to participate in short-term volunteering programs. Churches, universities, nonprofit service organizations, profit-making “voluntourism” companies, hospitals and large corporations all sponsor brief missions. According to Brandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director of Amizade Global Service-Learning it should be “…required reading for anyone interested in volunteering abroad in any capacity, health service or otherwise.”