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Volunteering Abroad and Global Citizenship in Higher Education   Shelane Jorgenson

Volunteering Abroad and Global Citizenship in Higher Education

160 страниц. 2011 год.
LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Writers have described an aim of global citizenship education as developing a global ethic of social justice. Canadian universities have endeavored to educate students for global citizenship by traveling to and volunteering in developing countries. Such programs have the potential to perpetuate the epistemic violence of colonialism by ignoring the ways in which students appropriate the developing world as ‘other’ and use these experiences to solely benefit themselves. To address these issues and concerns, this qualitative study used post-colonial theory to analyze the experiences and reflections of six participants who participated in a Canadian university global citizenship program in Thailand. The study suggests that culture and perceived cultural differences have a profound effect on how students understand their identity and agency as global citizens, bringing forth dimensions of ambivalence and hybridity. In order for programs to develop a global ethic of social justice, however,...
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