Stipended National Service Volunteering

Thomas A. Bryer, Cristian Pliscoff, Benjamin J. Lough, Ebenezer Obadare, David H. Smith

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Stipended national service volunteering (SNSV) is a hybrid form of volunteerism. These national/domestic government-sponsored or supported initiatives have an anti-poverty or economic development focus, providing a subsistence living allowance to volunteers working full time for one year, sometimes longer. We mainly review SNSV in specific programs in three countries as examples: VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in the United States, Servicio Pais in Chile, and the Nigerian National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), plus some key research elsewhere. This chapter addresses the following questions: (1) What are the substantive policy or quality of life areas of focus for SNSV? (2) What financial or non-material support is provided to the volunteers? (3) Who pays for the material/financial support provided to the volunteers? (4) Who volunteers for SNSV programs? What motivates and triggers individual involvement? (5) What are the known impacts in society resulting from SNSV programs?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations
EditorsDavid Horton Smith, Robert A Stebbins, Jurgen Grotz
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781137263179
ISBN (Print)9781137263162
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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