How to successfully host an international volunteer

Volunteers if handled well, can help NGOs regardless of their sizes, address major challenges, seize opportunities, and further their social impact reach.  

 Understanding volunteering

Formal volunteering is an activity which takes place through not-for-profit organisations or projects and is undertaken:

Volunteering is a challenging and rewarding element of being involved with a not-for-profit organisation. Becoming a volunteer gives people the opportunity to make friends, to learn new skills and to be involved in the planning and management organisations.

  To be of benefit to the community and the volunteer

- Of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion

- For no financial payment

-In designated volunteer positions only

Good volunteer management involves the following steps:

1. Recruitment

2. Selection and Screening

3. Training and Induction

4. Volunteer Management

5. Rewards and Recognition

Principles of volunteering:

1.      Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer

2.      Volunteer  work is unpaid

3.       Volunteering is always a matter of choice

4.      Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances

5.      Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community

6.      Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs

7.      Volunteering is an activity performed in the not-for-profit sector only

8.      Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work

9.      Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others

10.  Volunteering promotes human rights and equality