Serving in other countries requires special attention to communication, culture, language and history of US involvement in those countries. Branch Out values working closely with communities to achieve their goals, developing projects that they discern and lead while contributing our skills and fostering our continued commitment and advocacy while back in the US.
These articles address some common concerns of international alternative breaks, service and voluntourism.
Duffle Bag Medicine, Maya Roberts
“Want to help someone? Shut up and Listen!” TED Talk by Ernesto Sirolli, about importance of working with communities to develop appropriate aid projects