Archive | December, 2010


2 Dec

The EthnoSense blog is a crucial piece of The Young Ethnographers Project. This project was designed by researchers at the CRSI for young people in Sydney who have had an intense experience of cultural immersion through a combination of alternative tourism and voluntary work.

Many returned volunteers don’t know quite well what to do with what they lived and saw while they were abroad. They usually feel they don’t have a space in-between, an opportunity to process what they went through. Well, this blog will be such a space, a place to share with like-minded people how their cross-cultural experience has given them new things to think about, new perceptions, images and desires that in some shape or form become relevant in their everyday life — even when sometimes they don’t know what to do with them or they cannot even express them, because they feel no one would understand.

Some of the themes the blog will touch on are things like:

  • The ‘inner’ journey vs the ‘outer’ journey –  travelers’ experiences beyond their public role.
  • Is it really possible to make a difference? – Looking both “out there” and “around here”
  • Negotiating institutional boundaries – between the volunteer and the tourist “hats”.
  • Cultural shocks – Getting there, and getting here again.
  • Intense Travel & Social media – do you really leave home?
  • Personal life and volunteer tourism – what’s the meaning behind it?

The project will commence in early 2011, but in the meantime, you will find here news and updates about how it is progressing….

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