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Fast-tracking expatriate development: The unique learning environments of international volunteer placements

Fee, Anthony ; Gray, Sidney J

The International journal of human resource management, 2011, Vol.22(3), pp.530-552 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Fast-tracking expatriate development: The unique learning environments of international volunteer placements
  • Author/Creator: Fee, Anthony ; Gray, Sidney J
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Empirische Methode ; Lernen ; Ehrenamtliche Arbeit ; Auslandsaufenthalt ; Non-Profit-Organisation ; Business ; Economics
  • Is Part Of: The International journal of human resource management, 2011, Vol.22(3), pp.530-552
  • Description: International volunteering has traditionally been viewed as a pursuit that, while admirable, provided little benefit for the volunteer beyond altruistic satisfaction. Yet several recent studies suggest that an international volunteer placement can fast-track the development of valuable global skills and capabilities. To date, no research has offered a systematic explanation for this. This article presents a framework that outlines the unique mechanisms of international volunteer placements that contribute to them being fertile learning environments for expatriates. In doing so, it draws on evidence from a longitudinal study of the learning experiences of a sample of international volunteers from Australia and New Zealand. Reprinted by permission of Routledge, Taylor and Francis Ltd.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0958-5192 ; E-ISSN: 1466-4399 ; DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2011.543631