In it’s simplest concept, volunteering is an amazing experience and is easy to do. There are so many causes and opportunities available these days, it seems that there really is something out there to suit everyone. There are, however, some things that should be given a lot of thought before making a commitment to volunteering:
Time: Be honest with yourself. How much time of yourself can you really give? Don’t forget to consider other commitments apart from your day job, such as family, friends, hobbies, exercise, down-time.
Location: Where will you need to travel to? If its, say, an hour away, you need to add this to your time and financial (petrol, wear and tear on the car, etc) commitment.
The organisation: Things to consider are the size of the organisation, the dynamics, roles available, funding, structure, diversity, politics, and so on.
Values: Compare your values to the organisations values – they need to match.
What you want to do, or – what are you passionate about doing: This is really important! You don’t want volunteering to become a chore. If you are doing something you want to do and are good at, you will happy and you will make more of a difference!
Try before you buy: More often then not you can approach an organisation to sit in on a meeting, or to put in a few hours in order to gauge if the place is the right fit (from both points of view).
Have you had any experience with volunteering?
If so, what do you think are some of the things people should consider before volunteering?
- Benefits of Being A Volunteer (bhls.wordpress.com)
- International Volunteers Week (May 9-15) (radioadelaidebreakfast.wordpress.com)