Getting ready for the European Solidarity Corps (ESC)
Volunteering activities in the Global South can be an excellent tool to strengthen solidarity, but there is no guarantee. Quality preparation of volunteers before deployment can enhance the solidarity aspect and significantly improve the project. This article is inspired by the experience of managing over 150 volunteers between Europe and the Global South.
Potential challenges are being explored, mainly connected with the power dynamics, intercultural differences and volunteer’s motivation. This article is intended to be a very practical piece; therefore, a set of concrete tips and tools have been added that practitioners can use while preparing their volunteers for embarking on the humanitarian ESC adventure.