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A Study of International Volunteer Service in Helping Behavior and Motivation Self-Regulation among College Students
International volunteer service
Basic psychological needs
The purpose of this study was to investigate the motivation and helping behavior of the university students who were engaged in international volunteer service, and how the students influenced on their personal perspectives through ongoing participation in volunteer service. The study gathered data including descriptions of the frustrations and difficulties the students encountered during the process of their service, the unique experiences from the participation and their personal growths. In order to explore their background and individual experiences, the basis of this study used Helping Behavior and Self-Determination theory by assuming the qualitative research with in-depth interviews as a research approach. Through in-depth interviews from 6 participants, the researcher discovered the significant implications of the helping behavior and motivation of the international volunteer. The conclusions of this study are as follows: 1. The international volunteers participated in diverse ways, giving importance to assessing the needs of the other party, undergoing pre-training, and being prepared to face challenges and unforeseen difficulties. 2. The deciding process of helping behavior in including active observation and peer experience, books and video propaganda, perception of their responsibilities, possession the right attitude and assessment of language and financial capacities. 3. The factors influencing the candidates helping behavior including growth environment, family recognition, administration support, positive impact of celebrities and leadership qualities. 4. There will be continuation of their participation in international volunteering. 5. Participation in continuous international volunteer service contributes to the development of the students’ career. Based on the findings, recommendations to universities and volunteer service group, for further research were provided. .
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