Volunteer Involvement in an Academic Camp in the Dominican Republic: An Examination of Participation in a CBPR Project

Volunteer Involvement in an Academic Camp in the Dominican Republic: An Examination of Participation in a CBPR Project

Karie Jo Peralta (University of Toledo, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2642-1.ch010
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Abstract

This chapter examines the expansion of volunteer participation in a participatory research project, which explored possibilities to enhance volunteer involvement in an academic camp operated by a non-governmental organization in the Dominican Republic. Although there are numerous studies that identify how organizations should involve volunteers, these studies typically represent an outsider perspective. Therefore, the concerns, ideas, and agency of volunteers—all of which may facilitate improvements in their participation—are often overlooked. For the purpose of this chapter, volunteers are elevated as key actors in the development of the organization. Specifically, community-based philosophy's concept of participation is applied to identify key moments in the project when the broadening of volunteer involvement was important for achieving a greater understanding of the issue of interest. The objective is to advance an appreciation of how projects with volunteer participation, albeit in fluctuating levels, can result in the co-creation and elevation of local knowledge.
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Cbpr And Community-Based Philosophy

A CBPR approach is “designed to ensure and establish structures for participation by communities affected by the issue being studied, representatives of organizations, and researchers in all aspects of the research process to improve health and well-being through taking action, including social change” (Viswanathan et al., 2004, p. 3). Influenced by the action research tradition, CBPR researchers take seriously a community’s perspective in order to understand social issues (Fals Borda, 1988). Thus, CBPR is guided by the contributions that community participants make to the research process (Hacker, 2013).

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