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Is unqualified volunteering with children *ever* ok?

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If you caught the G+ Hangout on voluntourism you will have heard a few opinions on the thorny subject of working with children without the kind of qualifications you'd need at home. What do you think? Is it always wrong or are there exceptions?

(Note: this is just to get the discussion rolling, please feel free to offer some more nuanced answers in the comments below!)

If you're unqualified to work with kids at home, you're unqualified abroad. Don't do it.
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Long-term placements can be ok, *if* they include the necessary training and supervision.
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If kids are benefiting, isn't that what matters? Removing all unqualified volunteers would cause more harm than good.
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Other - please expand in the comments!
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