Developing and utilising social capital through international volunteer service
McBride, Amanda Moore; Sherraden, Margaret; Lough, Benjamin J (2014)


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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