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¿Helping? : volunteering with children in Chile

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¿Helping? : volunteering with children in Chile

Christison, Margaret (2006) ¿Helping? : volunteering with children in Chile. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis provides perspective on helping and international volunteerism. Specifically, research was done with the volunteer organization, Voluntarios de la Esperanza, which recruits international volunteers to work in various hogares, or children's homes, in Santiago, Chile. The experiences of the creators of the organization as well volunteers are examined through the lens of notions of helping and altruism. The motivations of individual volunteers to participate in such a program is looked at as they play out against the goals of the organization and the hogares themselves. Because the ultimate recipients of the volunteer effort are children, it is particularly important to analyze how much real help is occurring. A second major question that is discussed is the idea of an apparent lack of volunteerism within Chile by Chilean in terms of whether or not this is actually the case, why this perception exists. Information was gathered through observation in some of the hogares hosting international volunteers, and semi-structured open ended interviews with current and past volunteers.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Christison, Margaret
Pagination:iii, 132 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Collard, Chantal
ID Code:8970
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:41
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:00
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