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Issue: V7N1_and_V7N2

Paper Type: CONCEPT PAPER

Paper Title: Between two volunteer cultures: The collaborative auto-ethnography of event volunteering experiences

Authors: Hongxia Qi, Karen Smith, Ian Yeoman

Abstract:
There has been little research conducted to date which identifies issues related to cross-cultural volunteer experience at events. The purpose of this study was to explore the first authorís volunteer experience at events in two countries, focusing on a schema for cross-cultural experience developed for different cultural contexts. Auto-ethnographical data was recorded during the first authorís volunteer experience at the 2015 World Press Photo Exhibition (2015WPPE) and the 2016 Shandong Province Entrepreneurship Programs Exhibition (2016SPEPE). The schema framework guided data analysis of key perceptions and understandings. This analysis identified several knowledge structures which influence individual volunteerís expectations and interpretations of experience.