Yes, but not always.
Research shows there is a right and a wrong way to volunteer. Done wrong, it can cause more harm than good. Volunteering your skills, rather than participating in voluntourism, is proven to create lasting change in most sustainable, ethical, and impactful way.
At MovingWorlds, we make sure that every project is skills-based, locally-led, and from a legitimate organization. We also educate all of our volunteers on best practices via an intensive training program prior to any experteering excursion. When volunteering, we urge you to watch out for ways that you might do more harm than good, erode jobs, or otherwise unknowingly slow progress.
For more information, check out our #MakeVolunteeringMatter series for best practices and details about how to have a lasting positive impact on the communities you seek to help.
Additionally, here are some great articles that better explain the ethics of international volunteering:
- 8 factors to consider when finding a volunteering project overseas
- Ensuring that skilled volunteers land with impact