The Shin Fujiyama Podcast | Social Entrepreneurship | Nonprofit Organizations | International Development Aid | NGOs
About This Show
Shin Fujiyama is a CNN Hero and the Executive Director of Students Helping Honduras. He lives with 30 former street children in Honduras where he runs a school and international NGO out of a tree house.
In each episode Shin will be interviewing a proven social entrepreneur or NGO leader in the nonprofit or international development aid industry-- including several CNN Heroes and bestselling authors. They’re going to deconstruct their journey to explain HOW they built up their organizations. They’ll also tell us about their greatest failures, lessons, regrets, and behind-the-scenes realities. We’ll talk about their tactics, philosophies, principles, tools, and motivations to give you inspiration and actionable advice.
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Most Recent Episode
#21: An open discussion on recent criticisms of volunteer travel & development aid--with Natalie Jesionka
2 days ago
In this episode, Natalie Jesionka and I discuss volunteer travel and current trends in the NGO industry. Some of the questions asked during the episode: Does a volunteer's intent matter? Should an NGO ever fire a volunteer who is there to help? Should volunteers take photos during their trips abroad? Should vulnerable children grow up with distant relatives or in orphanages? Natalie is a lecturer, reporter, and human rights advocate. Natalie is the founder of the Prizm Project, the first human rights education organization for young women. She has researched human trafficking, the arms trade, and women in conflict throughout Asia. She is also the Editor of Shatter the Looking Glass, a human rights and ethical travel publication examining the complexity of moving across borders in the modern world. She serves on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. She is currently a sociology professor at Rutgers University. Natalie and I originally met in Thailand in 2010 where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Show Notes & Summary "Voluntourism" Be wary of third party organizations that match you with volunteer opportunities for a large fee Not every volunteer opportunity may turn out to be as great as promised in their marketing material Volunteers need to set realistic goals instead trying to change the world in a short amount of time Volunteers may go home with more questions than answers Ethical practices for taking photos while volunteering What to do as a volunteer when you make a mistake that causes a misunderstanding or unintended consequences Why mentorship is important in the volunteer industry Why energy slamming and insulting volunteers who make mistakes should be redirected "We need to start helping each other instead of bringing each other down." The intent of the volunteering isn't always of altruism, but is that a bad thing if the end product Let's stop with the charades, volunteering is a lot about our own personal development and ourselves Natalie challenges young people to consider starting a social business instead of a traditional nonprofit organization She talks a