A lesson on belonging
Photo credit: TVO Channel on Youtube.

Our international and local volunteer team gathered for the first Civic Reflection Discussion of 2016. The discussion, held monthly, is a component of our volunteer program that started in August 2015.

Recently, the class watched Andrew Moodie’s short speech on Belonging and Otherness. In the clip, he uses an analogy to illustrate the struggle most children of immigrants face trying to assimilate in a culture other than their own.

Afterward the volunteers held a discussion on cultural identity, racism, and global citizenship. They also suggested possible solutions to the many problems related to multi-culturalism. These dialogs have given the participants the occasion to speak about complex or difficult issues related to volunteer service or development work. It’s also tied to our initiative to improve ethical standards within our organization. Through this, volunteers and staff alike are challenged to grow, and reflect on the different perspectives shared with an open mind.

So we ask, what helps you view the world with an open heart and mind?


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