Guidelines - Responsible Exchange and Volunteering 2018

SECTION 4 Post-project guidelines for practitioners – Sending organisations –

Mandatory Provide emotional support

Returning home can be a very stressful experience for participants. They have been living and working in social, economic, political and cultural environments that may be very different to what they have always known. They have been a part of something special, they have been made to feel appreciated and valued. They have been a part of something far bigger than themselves. As practitioners, it is important to accept there is a responsibility to support returning participants. It is suggested that returning participants are welcomed home personally by the partner Organisation that was responsible for their placement. This could include meeting them at the airport, a personalized thank you letter/certificate of participation. Furthermore, it should include a plan for them once they have returned to ensure they have a point of contact should they need it, be aware of follow up activities such as the planned debrief that will take place and the alumni network who they can contact etc.

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