Talking about volunteering
ICV on the Radio Suisse Romande
02 July 2008
"The image of volunteering has changed a lot with time. 25 years ago, volunteerism was not valued in the same way it is today." Such is the message given by Djibrill Fall, sociologist and project manager at Appartenances and ICVolunteers, who spoke on May 14th, 2008 to Radio Suisse Romande, in "Rien n'est jouÃ©!"
He pointed out that in the past, a clichÃ© portrayed volunteers as people with nothing to do who wanted to ease their conscience. Today, the action of volunteers is claimed by institutions. It is also a necessary means means to respond to a society increasingly struggling with the way the world looks. "Our society is said to be individualistic. We can only be surprised to then see a growing number of volunteer networks, even in poorest countries. Volunteers are everywhere, young and old," stated Mr. Fall.
Interviewed by Madeleine Caboche, Djibril Fall was asked to comment two reports dedicated to volunteering and put together by Lucas Thorens (The Dangers of Volunteering) and Lydia Gabor (Volunteers for the Insertion of Foreigners).
The Dangers of Volunteering, by Lucas Thorens:
Volunteers for the Insertion of Foreigners, by Lydia Gabor:
To listen to the full interview with Djibrill Fall, go to www.rsr.ch/la-1ere/rien-n-est-joue/selectedDate/14/5/2008#mercredi
Posted: 2008-7-07 Updated: 2009-12-09