How Cultural Humility Can Bridge Gaps Between Volunteers and Communities They Serve
What Is Cultural Humility?
Why Cultural Humility Is Important for Volunteers
Questions to Ask Yourself to Develop Cultural Humility Before Volunteering
Signs That a Volunteer Organization Values Cultural Humility
- Training. Has the organization invited me to do self-reflection and provided me with the historical context of volunteer-community relationships?
- Language. How does the organization talk about its partner community?
- Participatory models. Do volunteers go into communities and learn their needs and desires before embarking on a project rather than coming in with a predetermined plan?
- Leadership. Is there leadership and representation from the community at each level in the process? Do community members hold meaningful roles? How are community partners able to apply their expertise?
- Accountability. Who evaluates the program, asks questions, and explores the mindsets of stakeholders around a project’s process and outcomes?