The purchase of volunteerism: Uses and meanings of money in Lesotho's development sector
In this paper Ståle Wig questions whether it can be such a thing as a paid volunteer? The idea of exchanging money for work seems to be at odds with how many naturally think about volunteering.
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To volunteer is to offer something for free, isn’t it? Yet, the position from which a paid volunteer appears as a paradox is itself, Ståle Wig will argue, all but natural. In reality, the lines between voluntary and paid labour can be confusingly blurred and – for the purpose of this chapter – an interesting empirical point of focus. The question of whether one can purchase a volunteer goes to the contested core of what volunteerism should mean, in contemporary Africa and elsewhere.