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This chapter treats interrelationships among internationalism, professionalism, and occupational solidarity, together with the attraction and sense of possibility in aid work abroad. Under these headings runs a set of interrelated motivational, aspirational themes that emerged in the interviews. The Finnish aid workers’ ethical and affective internationalist sense of obligation to help in emergencies was exceptionally strong. So, too, was their aspiration to occupational solidarities and high-level professional teamwork with multinational colleagues. A love of travel was a way of conveying the personal challenges and rewards of international missions. People expressed a desire, even a need, to participate in what they felt were the warmer socialities of “the world out there.” They wanted to leave what many saw as a small, ascetic, often constraining “home”/“homeland,” and to be “out in the world,” and of it—and to be transformed by it. Helping became an alleviation of the aid workers’ own neediness.

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