Four-Year Research Findings on I.S. Service Trip Volunteers

In research collected over the past four years, International Samaritan (I.S.) volunteers surveyed showed a significant change of heart in how they viewed the poor. The volunteers also showed a desire to learn more about poverty and how they could help alleviate it. Some of the findings include:

  • Nearly 90% reported feeling more empathy for the poor.
  • Prior to their I.S. service-learning immersion experience, 40% of the volunteers saw the poor as “a” main cause for their own poverty. After the trip, more than 90% did not view the poor as a main cause for their own poverty.
  • Nearly 95% of participants wanted to learn more about the causes and solutions of poverty, as opposed to only 18% prior to the I.S. service-learning immersion experience.
  • The majority of volunteers, 83%, said their I.S. experience made them want to do more volunteer work after their return to the states.
  • Nearly 70% said they learned that working with others was a necessary step in alleviating poverty, as opposed to 16% prior to the trip.
  • More than 80% said they believed it was essential for citizens of developing countries to engage their local governments in order to change their poor circumstances, as opposed to only 21% prior to their trip.

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About the Research: These findings were taken from research collected between July, 2006 and June, 2010. Approximately 70% of the 227 volunteers surveyed were high school or college-age males.

We have seen an increase in International Samaritan volunteers each year since 2007. As volunteer numbers have increase, so has the in-kind contribution level.