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Developing and utilising social capital through international volunteer service

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This study assesses the effect of international volunteer service on the potential formation and utilisation of international social capital between volunteers and host communities. Using a longitudinal design, a survey was administered to 464 returned international volunteers over three years. Based on the results of a linear mixed-effects regression model, international volunteers report statistically significant increases in international social capital utilisation before and after service. In addition, using international networks for resource development and advocacy is associated with longer duration of international service and continued contact with host-country nationals. Findings explore how individual connections maintained outside of formal service placements may continue long after international volunteers return home.
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Keywords: INTERNATIONAL; QUANTITATIVE; SOCIAL CAPITAL; VOLUNTEERING

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA [email protected] edu 2: University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA [email protected] edu 3: Washington University in St. Louis, USA [email protected] edu

Publication date: November 2014

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  • Voluntary Sector Review publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice. It is an invaluable cutting-edge resource for all those researching or working in the fast-growing voluntary, community and wider third sectors.

    The journal covers the full range of issues relevant to voluntary sector studies, including: definitional and theoretical debates; management and organisational development; financial and human resources; philanthropy; volunteering and employment; regulation and charity law; service delivery; civic engagement; industry and sub-sector dimensions; relations with other sectors; social enterprise; evaluation and impact. Voluntary Sector Review covers voluntary sector studies from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, social policy, politics, psychology, economics, business studies, social anthropology, philosophy and ethics. The journal includes work from the UK and Europe, and beyond, where cross-national comparisons are illuminating. With dedicated expert policy and practice sections, Voluntary Sector Review also provides an essential forum for the exchange of ideas and new thinking.

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    Editors: Nick Acheson (Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland), Bernard Harris (University of Strathclyde, UK), Rob Macmillan, (University of Birmingham, UK)

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