Do-gooder or servant?

by | Jan 23, 2011 | Justice and Peace | 1 comment

The featured video, currently also at the right side of this page, tells the story of someone who wants to volunteer as an aid worker. This is a wonderful description of some common misconceptions and unconscious motivations about coming to the aid of those who are marginalized and in need.

St. Vincent was very concerned about the results of projects he was engaged in, and on many occasions asked qualified experts to give their opinion about how things were going.  In one of his documents we find the following statement:

To this end, the sites will be visited and … inspected and appraised by experts. These experts will make a report on the sites, as well as on any problems if there are any.

What was your reaction to this video? Have you encountered in others (or yourself) such attitudes? What kind of formation is required for those who wish to volunteer. Join the conversation by clicking on the “Comment” button near the title of this article

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