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Why I Stopped Being a Voluntourist

Feb. 27, 2014By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

Pippa Biddle has an interesting article on why she no longer volunteers in the developing world. She writes:

Before you sign up for a volunteer trip anywhere in the world this summer, consider whether you possess the skill set necessary for that trip to be successful. If yes, awesome. If not, it might be a good idea to reconsider your trip. Sadly, taking part in international aid where you aren’t particularly helpful is not benign. It’s detrimental. It slows down positive growth and perpetuates the “white savior” complex that, for hundreds of years, has haunted both the countries we are trying to ‘save’ and our (more recently) own psyches. Be smart about traveling and strive to be informed and culturally aware. It’s only through an understanding of the problems communities are facing, and the continued development of skills within that community, that long-term solutions will be created.

You can read the whole thing here.

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Time Management Tips

Mar. 23, 2012By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

Struggling to get work done and feeling overwhelmed by what you have to do?  Here are some helpful tips to help you work smarter hours.  The six tips are:

  1. Avoid the email time suck.
  2. Choose your most important goal each week.
  3. Know your productivity limits.
  4. Be like Dorsey: Take breaks to prevent burnout.
  5. Skip some meetings.
  6. Say "no" when you need to.
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