Nine young Indonesian volunteers who have come to work in Glasgow have been warned about the city's "shocking" levels of violence and racism.
The volunteers were told to expect poverty in Glasgow
They have also been told to expect a good deal of drunkenness, poverty and disability.
Under the Voluntary Service Overseas Global Xchange scheme, they will be working in Maryhill and Milton.
Spokeswoman Neera Dhingra said the volunteers would be "under no illusion" about what to expect.
She told BBC Scotland: "A lot of people from developing countries might have a particular view of Scotland and Glasgow that they see from films or TV.
"They know they are coming to a developed country so they don't necessarily expect to see some of the problems and issues that we all know we are faced with in the UK.
"We do leave them under no illusions that actually there are problems within the UK and there might be different aspects of society here that they haven't seen in Indonesia."
The volunteers will be working with local organisations, helping with disabled people, adult literacy and ethnic minority groups.
Ms Dinghra added that VSO does not look for the most deprived areas to send volunteers to but looks for communities where there are challenges and where volunteers can make an impact.
"We need to make sure that wherever we send them they can do something meaningful," she said.
A Scottish Executive spokeswoman said: "The voluntary sector plays an important role with the executive in tackling deprivation in Scotland.
"Volunteering is a valuable way in which young people across the world can learn, develop their skills and enhance their knowledge.
"We welcome initiatives working to raise the profile of volunteering in Scotland."
A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said the council did not wish to make a comment.