Sri Lanka

  • Preben Stai
  • Nico SchulenkorfEmail author
  • Jane Godfrey
  • Sean Phelps
Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 15)


While it is recognized that volunteers can have a significant impact on the operations of sports organizations, previous research has not focused on the motivations and experiences of overseas volunteers in sport-for-development (SFD) settings. In addressing this issue, this chapter reflects on an empirical study around motivations and experiences of international SFD volunteers in postwar Sri Lanka. Based on focus group and interview data from international volunteers of the Asian German Sports Exchange Programme (AGSEP), the chapter outlines and discusses key thematic findings around aspects of (1) safety, (2) social contacts and networks, (3) personal development, (4) professional development, and (5) travel and cross-cultural experiences. Overall, motivations and experiences of international volunteers were largely aligned; however, perhaps surprisingly, neither sports nor Sri Lanka’s postwar context was mentioned as a motivating factor by the international volunteers. The chapter highlights the volunteer management implications for AGSEP and other similar SFD-focused organizations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Preben Stai
    • 1
  • Nico Schulenkorf
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jane Godfrey
    • 2
  • Sean Phelps
    • 3
  1. 1.Norsk TippingHamarNorway
  2. 2.University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Colorado Mesa UniversityGrand JunctionUSA

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