Biddle’s stories suggest the industry is built to meet the needs of volunteers, not communities. But the problem is not simply that volunteers are unqualified, the entire industry seems to be an extension of a colonial mindset and with colonial structures of economic and political power.
Because colonialism did actually mean sending someone who knew how to dig drains out to dig drains. The problem with this form of volunteering is that folks who have no damn idea go out there to “help”.
We’ve a Chesterton’s Fence here. So, Voluntary Service Overseas. It is decades back that they stopped taking the unqualified and insisted on sending trained nurses to do nursing etc. So, why did they do that?