The First Door That Opened by Rebecca Gray

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Every year Volunteer Wellington puts more than 1500 capable volunteers in touch with community agencies that need their help. Lately almost half the volunteers are recent migrants. This is the first comprehensive study of their experiences. From interviews — a teacher from China, a scientist from Iraq, an accountant from India and a musician from Germany — we discover the demands on migrants as they seek a new life in New Zealand, and the many ways volunteering has been a vital first step. In his introduction Governor-General Anand Satyanand says that volunteering offers the opportunity to meet people, improve language skills and gain a better understanding of what it is to be a New Zealander. It can also lead to employment opportunities. And as Ping Ping from China points out, there are just as many advantages for New Zealanders in opening their doors to volunteers from elsewhere. “Because they are different, that’s why they make your life rich. Make you feel colourful!” About the Author Rebecca Gray is from Dunedin, but has also been known to claim Wellington as her adopted home town. She studied anthropology, then trained in social science research. These studies were partly an excuse to indulge an ongoing mission: to under­stand the world better by finding out how people from different backgrounds experience it. Most of Rebecca’s work email addresses so far have ended with .govt.nz. She still hasn’t figured out where her future lies, but believes it should include more travelling, discovering great live music, volunteering and writing. This Steele Roberts Paperback is in Mint condition.

ISBN: 9781877448317 SKU: 395252 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.