This was as lucky week! This past weekend, I was grateful for the opportunity to speak at TEDxOxbridge – the second annual TEDx event being split between the two universities. My talk on voluntourism focused on the need to promote and support our youth in selecting educational travel opportunities over volunteering as my experience has taught me that (ready for the soundbite I keep repeating), we have to learn before we can help. It will be up on video at some point in the coming months. In the meantime, a piece I’ve written for Ashoka’s new #StartEmpathy site just launched today, which shares similar thoughts. Check it out if you like:
Sympathy: Simply Ineffective or Actually Harmful?
Back to wrapping up final papers for school, where most of my writing time is going these days!