Recommended Reading

InterVol recommends the following learning resources on international development and volunteering overseas responsibly, many of which are free to download. We also recommend that you read and watch as much as you can about your host country as possible, both historically and culturally, ahead of your work overseas:

An insightful document from IDS & VSO that analyses how volunteering can contribute to sustainable development. Though dense in parts this is a thorough piece of research across a number of countries demonstrating the importance of volunteers for building capacity and bridging gaps in NGO and government services.

 

A powerful introduction to making a positive and pro-active impact as an international volunteer. This contains useful guidance on communicating your message and using social media effectively which are useful for recruitment and fundraising.

 

 

While this free book from Rough Guides and DFID is slightly old, the opening section on Global Development is a great introduction to the field.

 

A new publication that strongly highlights the challenges and impact that international volunteers can have across a number of case studies and stories from different countries and contexts. A very critical and people-centered publication that looks at how you can make the best impact while also developing your own skills.

 

 

A great introduction to how international volunteering fits into the broader field of international development, including an analysis of different types of volunteering and good practices to follow when working overseas.

 

An in-depth website listing the 17 SDGs set by the United Nations to address global poverty, health and education by 2030. The site goes into detail on the targets set to meet each of the 17 goals. This site is a useful resource to get a broad perspective of the key issues in international development today, each goal has a downloadable (and quite digestible) document when you click through. For example, Goal 1: Ending Poverty (PDF document download).

 

Looking for a more academic treatise on international development? Try this detailed subject guide from the University of London (Chapters 1-4 available). This is recommended for those with a basic background in economics and has a wealth of recommended further readings.