Students' Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.

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    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Humanitarian aid
      internationalising practices
      student exchanges
    • Abstract:
      Aid delivery has been critiqued for its failure to be locality-specific and culturally relevant for recipients. Humanitarian responses to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami involved volunteers, professionals, and social work and other students. In this article, we consider students' endeavours in two responses to this tsunami in Sri Lanka. These initiatives involving professionals, academics and students from financially wealthy Western countries working in a less wealthy and powerful country sought to empower victim survivors receiving aid in rebuilding their lives after the tsunami. We draw on a large scale three-year qualitative study of two models which began shortly after this disaster--one institutional, the other professional. The research covered many dimensions of humanitarian aid in Sri Lanka. In this paper, we focus on: students' perceptions of their preparation before going overseas; the support they received while abroad; their debriefing upon return; and implications of their experiences for empowering approaches to humanitarian aid. The research revealed many positives in students' experiences. However, structural inequalities perpetuated inegalitarian relationships, despite individual attempts to the contrary. This paper offers lessons to improve the quality of students' experiences and their contributions to local people's well-being. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Lipman Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK
      2School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, Elvet Riverside 2, Durham, DH13JT, UK
    • ISSN:
      0045-3102
    • Accession Number:
      10.1093/bjsw/bcu052
    • Accession Number:
      110188058
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      VICKERS, T.; DOMINELLI, L. Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka. British Journal of Social Work, [s. l.], v. 45, n. 6, p. 1905–1922, 2015. DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcu052. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=110188058. Acesso em: 3 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Vickers T, Dominelli L. Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka. British Journal of Social Work. 2015;45(6):1905-1922. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu052
    • APA:
      Vickers, T., & Dominelli, L. (2015). Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka. British Journal of Social Work, 45(6), 1905–1922. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcu052
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Vickers, Tom, and Lena Dominelli. 2015. “Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.” British Journal of Social Work 45 (6): 1905–22. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu052.
    • Harvard:
      Vickers, T. and Dominelli, L. (2015) ‘Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka’, British Journal of Social Work, 45(6), pp. 1905–1922. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu052.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Vickers, T & Dominelli, L 2015, ‘Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka’, British Journal of Social Work, vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 1905–1922, viewed 3 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Vickers, Tom, and Lena Dominelli. “Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.” British Journal of Social Work, vol. 45, no. 6, Sept. 2015, pp. 1905–1922. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu052.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Vickers, Tom, and Lena Dominelli. “Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.” British Journal of Social Work 45, no. 6 (September 2015): 1905–22. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu052.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Vickers T, Dominelli L. Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from Student Responses to the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka. British Journal of Social Work [Internet]. 2015 Sep [cited 2020 Dec 3];45(6):1905–22. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=110188058