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EXPECTATIONS OF ALL VOLUNTEERS

TEN BASIC EXPECTATIONS THAT ALL VOLUNTEERS HAVE WHEN THEY GIVE THEIR TIME TO AN ORGANISATION, AND THAT THE ORGANISATION SHOULD BE ABLE TO MEET

 

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  1. Volunteers should not be expected to undertake tasks that they are uncomfortable with, or are physically incapable of performing to an adequate standard.
  2. Volunteers should be given tasks that match their personal goals, skills and motivation as far as is possible within the organization.
  3. Volunteers should be recruited only where all staff agree to the arrangement and welcome .
  4. volunteers – paid staff need to have a clear understanding of the role of the volunteer.
  5. Volunteers should never be used to perform tasks that are or have previously been done by paid workers.
  6. Volunteers should not be charged anything to give their time, except for travelling and accommodation expenses, and in cases where the project requires a once-off volunteering fee.
  7. Volunteer organizations should be committed to operating an equal-opportunities policy, and work within it with regard to their volunteers.
  8. Volunteers should understand the lines of supervision by the staff at the organization. Formal supervision should exist and this should provide volunteers with the opportunity to develop their skills.
  9. Volunteers who are not accepted when applying to an organization have a right to know the reasons why.
  10. Volunteers should receive other support and training if necessary.
  11. Volunteers should rely on organizations for ensuring that all health and safety procedures are in place at the project.

Expectations of an organization from volunteers

  1. Volunteers should rely on organizations for ensuring that all health and safety procedures are in place at the project.
  2. Volunteers should be reliable, and if they make a commitment to perform certain tasks at certain times, they should be expected to meet this commitment. Volunteers need time off work just like paid employees, but it’s fair to expect them to give some notice if the time off doesn’t fall over an agreed-upon rest period, like a weekend.
  3. Volunteers must always work within the aims, objectives and ethos of the organization.
  4. Volunteers encountering problems with their tasks or the organization should be honest about it with the staff.
  5. Volunteers must respect confidentiality at the organization at all times.
  6. Right person, right role – a volunteer interview is the ideal opportunity for both sides to find out about each other. Both the volunteer and the organization need to know that they can work happily together. Be honest and upfront with your expectations.

 

RIGHTS

  1. Volunteers should be given role descriptions and written outlines of tasks they may be expected to perform. The more clarity there is about expectations before a commitment is made, the better for all parties.
  2. You’re allowed to say “No” – both volunteers and organizations have the right to state if they don’t think the relationship will work out. However, it’s right for parties to expect explanations for such a decision.
  3. Good preparation is essential to help a new volunteer settle into their role. There might be a lot to take in at the beginning (especially if there is an added element of culture shock!). A new volunteer at a project should have access to all the information and support they need.
  4. A trial period for new volunteers is a good idea for both organization and volunteer, as it allows an opportunity to review any problems, and to decide if the arrangement won’t work out. If a trial period is going to be used, this must be made clear from the outset, and feedback should be given if everything goes well. Trial periods should be applied to ALL new volunteers.

In conclusion Volunteers need ongoing support and supervision to ensure that they are happy with their role, developing their skills and achieving their full potential within the organization. Appropriate support ensures that volunteers remain motivated to continue with their voluntary role and helps them to feel valued.

 

 

 

 

Webmasters February 15, 2021 No Comments

THE MOTIVE TO VOLUNTEERING

Volunteering either through individual or group action is away in which: human values of community,
caring and serving can be sustained and strengthened it is a fundamental building block of civil society. It
brings to life the noble aspirations of human kind, the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety.
For every reason a person volunteers, there is a need associated and to effectively convey gratitude, it is
necessary to determine what everyone’s distinct need is. Everyone has a button that can be pushed and the
issue is intriguing each potential volunteer so they will become ebullient in a distinct way. These
necessities include, an agency that has a stimulating mission has a good reputation, is effective at what it
does, is financially secure, and makes them feel needed and valuable. A program that successfully attracts
and retains volunteers reduces the number of people entering and exiting through a revolving door, saves
volunteer leaders from the incessant undertaking of filling roles, and offers gratifying and enduring
volunteer experiences.Volunteering in Uganda

There are several factors relating to peoples’ motives for volunteering, which included the following:
a) Serves as a groundwork for employment
b) Presents a reward for displeasing employment
c) Offers opportunities to meet people and build relationships
d) Provides opportunity for personal growth, development, and recognition
Maxwell (1993) addressed factors associated with the motivation of volunteers. When people are
involved in creating something, they will support it because they have an investment in the issue, which
can be referred to as goal participation. Displeased volunteers are eager or inspired to make an immediate
change; also, known as positive dissatisfaction.

“Potential board members, volunteers, and staff who feel their skills and passion will be put to good use
will be inclined to contribute their efforts to a successful non-profit, advancing their active participation in
the community while benefiting your non-profit and its mission” (LaPiana & Hayes, 2005, p. 42). These
authors also discussed that some competitive challenges distinctive to these organizations include the
following: community involvement, mission, and public perception. It is essential to keep these elements
in mind regarding attracting, motivating, and retaining volunteers.

Significant contributions, goal participation, positive dissatisfaction, recognition, and clear expectations
also motivate people to engage in volunteer work. People may be interested in volunteering based on
altruistic or instrumental motives. Furthermore, some people are inspired to engage in volunteer roles
because of ethical motives such as a desire to help others, religious beliefs, believe it is a social duty, or
help themselves feel better. Others with influential reasons may want to prepare for employment
opportunities, better use free time, interact with others, gain experience in a field, or help with displeasing
employment issues. They also explained that when volunteers work in an encouraging environment,
recognize efforts, and work to maintain positive relationships, they are more likely to remain engaged.

Other reasons that motivate people to engage in volunteer capacities include significant contributions,
goal participation, positive dissatisfaction, recognition, and clear expectations. When it is appropriate for
volunteers to assist in recruiting other volunteers, retention can be positively impacted. Furthermore,
when volunteers represent an organization, this indicates trust, a confident organizational culture, and
assurance that the agency offers a worthwhile experience for the volunteers. Fisher and Cole (1993)
explained that psychological needs can impact a person’ interest and decision to volunteer. An
environment can influence the choice to continue volunteering. Hager and Brudney (2004) explained that
age can be a factor in volunteer engagement and commitment. They continued to discuss that people
under age 24 are known to have lower retention rates and are less likely to sustain relationships compared
to older volunteers. Due to the substantial preparation and consideration associated with a person’s
decision to volunteer suggests that individual needs are essential foundations of volunteer motivation
(Dwyer, et al., 2013).

This involves determining where people fit, how their abilities can be put to proper use, and then provides
them with the tools needed to adequately perform their roles. Volunteers are more likely to remain
engaged when they have the resources needed to successfully perform their position, have a clear
understanding of expectations, are interviewed, and reasonably placed in their appointment.
In conclusion People engage in volunteer capacities because they care; therefore, it is essential to provide
them with opportunities to contribute as much as they can.

Webmasters January 28, 2021 No Comments

KNOW MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING UGANDA

Volunteering in Uganda is an NGO initiative aimed at reaching out to the various needs within the Ugandan society through volunteerism. The organization has an objective of availing an opportunity to everybody that has a zeal of changing and transforming a society positively, through provision of a platform and hands – on involvement in the support process. Through its partnership with Love Uganda Foundation, Volunteering in Uganda intends to “make volunteerism a relevant, purposeful engine for democracy and sustainable communities today, and by so doing, create a vibrant purposeful society tomorrow.”

Also known as “Footprint Volunteer Uganda“, the organization has diverse programs which include; the elderly program, disabled program, HIV/AIDS program, Youth program, Childcare program, widows program, water and sanitation program, healthcare program, human rights and development program. All the above programs are catered for within the organizations four major programs which are; The Community Development Program, The Healthcare program, The Education/teaching program and The Childcare/Orphanage program. Each of these programs is specifically and carefully arranged to cater for the needs of the different beneficiaries of the Organization.

The Community Development Program believes that through training local farmers, helping the local women groups, sensitizing women, and child advocacy, volunteers can be able to cause a rewarding impact on society.    This particular program involves work alongside people within the local communities, engaging in developmental programs through carrying out; education, women`s empowerment, environmental monitoring, income generating activities, health management and mapping. The Community Development Program is divided into the Women Empowerment program and the Youth Empowerment Program.Volunteering in Uganda

Under the Women Empowerment Program, Volunteering in Uganda notes that “If you want to change a culture, to empower women, to improve basic hygiene and healthcare, to fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.” It is for this reason that this volunteer program is steered towards creation of better welfare and socioeconomic development of women from poor areas both within rural areas and Uganda`s capital city – Kampala. Volunteers are thus given the opportunity to participate in this through many projects, some of which are; teaching the English language to young women, providing training on proper account keeping to women in small finance groups, participating in, as well as initiating awareness raising activities in various issues, working with women in their farms, arranging activities to improve the self-confidence and educational development of women, working with Love Uganda Foundation local staff to train women etc. All the volunteer programs are aimed at ending discrimination against women in the most marginalized communities.

The Youth Empowerment Program is geared towards supporting the youth, who demographically, make up 78% of Uganda`s population, making it the youngest population worldwide. UNICEF defines youth as being between the ages 15-24years. Unfortunately, despite being the majority of the country being young and vibrant, statistics show that the unemployment rate in Uganda is 83%, with 3.2% of Uganda Youth working for waged employment, 90.9% working for informal employment and 5.8% being self-employed. It is thus Volunteering in Uganda`s desire to changes these statistics through availing opportunities for volunteers to support the youth in Uganda by sharing success stories, impartation of skills such as leadership to the youth and where need be, grant financial support to them. The youth are also encouraged to take part in community stimulating activities.

Under the Healthcare program, Volunteering in Uganda aims at improving health in rural communities through educating and engaging people in health programs. This volunteer program is however limited to only volunteers with a medical background and public health. Volunteers in this program are taken to some of the rural hospitals, clinics, communities or orphanages where they provide checkups, basic medical care, early intervention services, family planning information etc. Volunteering in Uganda understands that Health is a basic human right and as a result, it put in place such programs to ensure that the vulnerable people in Uganda can access them.

Recognizing that the Right to Education is a fundamental human right, Volunteering in Uganda seeks to make the access to that right possible for as many children as it can reach through its Education/Teaching Volunteer program. Under this, volunteers work in government and public schools, mainly teaching children aged between 4-16 years in English, Maths, Geography, Religious Education, Entrepreneurship, General Knowledge and Physical Education. This particular field requires the volunteer to be compassionate and have the ability to care for and relate with children, through fun and outgoing activities that are able to grab the interest of the children and creative teaching methodologies with which they can easily learn. Volunteers under this program are required to work for 4-5 hours each day, for five days in a week.

Finally, Volunteering in Uganda has a volunteer program set up to render support to the orphaned, poor and marginalized children of Uganda through its Childcare program. This program seeks to reach out to children who have not acquired the parental support that they need and have faced a number of challenges in life. Under this program, Volunteers are able to support and love orphans under the care of Love Uganda Orphanage which is based in Kalagi – Mukono. The orphanage is home to 20 vulnerable children aged between 3-15 years, among who are disabled children, those that were abandoned and some of them living with HIV/AIDS. This Volunteer program also reaches out to 50 other children under the external child care program, where the organization gives support to very poor single families. Within this program, volunteers can participate in the rescuing and restoration of hope to such vulnerable children.

Seeing as the world has partnered to create a positive and long lasting impact globally through the UNDPs Sustainable Development Goals, Volunteering in Uganda is actively playing her role, with emphasis on SDG No. 1-No poverty, SDG No. 3- Good health, SDG No.4- Education, and SDG No. 5- Gender equality. It is thus a call to action for all those with a passion for causing and participating in the creation of a world that can support the existence of life today, as well as enable a fruitful life for future generations, through either partnering with Volunteering in Uganda or giving to the cause.

Webmasters March 14, 2019 No Comments

HOW TO VOLUNTEER AS A COUPLE ABROAD

How to volunteer as a couple abroad.

Travelling abroad as a couple takes your relationship to a whole new level, literally you might fear that the change of living and volunteering in another country will add a lot of pressure on your relationship, but it will only be a wonderful adventure and a time to grow together hence making great memories. Here is how you can volunteer as a couple hence making a difference together; Read more

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DENNIS’ VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE IN UGANDA

 Dennis’ Volunteering experience in Uganda.

My journey started in October 2018 from Frankfurt, Germany. As part of my studies for business administration I’ve to make a practical semester. I decided to do this abroad and chose Uganda for my preferred destination. I wanted to see how they work and running their business in a complete unknown country. Read more

Webmasters January 31, 2019 No Comments

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY VOLUNTEERING IN 2019.

How to make a difference by volunteering in 2019

Everyone has something in mind to do in 2019 but all of you would agree on one thing, to have a happy new year ahead.  It is automatic that everyone wishes to do good in 2019 and there can be various ways in which you can make a difference. A positive change is not just about the contributions you make to the outside world but also your inner changes that happen overtime. Read more

Webmasters January 15, 2019 No Comments

THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING

The benefits of volunteering

It is always hard to find time to volunteer due to our busy lives. However, the avails of volunteering are enormous to you, your family plus the community. The right match helps you reduce stress, find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills and also advance your career. Offering service to others can also help protect your mental and physical health.  Learn more of the interests of volunteering below.

Volunteering connects you to others; one of the well-known avails of volunteering is the impact on the society. Volunteering connects you to your community and make it a better place. Even taking part in the smallest tasks can make big and real difference to the lives of people.

Volunteering is a two way street, it benefits you and your family like the cause you choose to help. Offering your time as a volunteer helps you to expand your network, boost your social skills and also make new friends.

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VOLUNTEERING IN AFRICA FOR FREE.

Volunteering in Africa for free.

Volunteering in Africa gives you an opportunity to explore this magnificent continent. It does not matter what time you have; whether during your gap year, career break off during your university course, among others. Africa has all kinds of volunteer programs that will suit your interests. It also provides a platform for you to learn more about Africa and its people. Read more

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WHY YOU SHOULD VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA.

Why you should volunteer in Africa

Most people think that in Africa, poverty and diseases are widespread. But the media tends to exaggerate stories and this scares away potential volunteers from coming to Africa. The Media and journalists often focuses on reporting the problems in Africa but they don’t report the positive things in Africa.

If every person judged a location based upon news, they would probably never travel, the truth is very little media coverage is given to positive stories leaving the general public to know less about the realities of a given region. However, it is very important to get the right information concerning any region that one wishes to volunteer in.

There are many reasons why one should not be afraid to volunteer in Africa and if you have a plan to volunteer in Africa, just start planning your trip today.

The African continent is facing an economic boom that is lowering the rate of poverty. The increasing GDP is contributing to huge strides in education and healthcare. The continent has already seen its per capital income double since the year of 2000 and the life expectancy has increased by one year every three years in the last decades. The HIV/AIDS infection rates and malaria deaths are down to 23% and 27% respectively.

The world can help to improve Africa in two ways; either by buying the African products and the other is to volunteer in Africa and spreading diverse skills. The volunteering programs in Africa are a two for one deal; volunteers get to directly support local communities while also helping the overall economy.

The African continent is full of friendly people and volunteering in Africa will enable you meet with genuine smiles, diverse culture, hospitable beings and multiplicity of languages.

It is a myth that everywhere in Africa is dangerous and violent and this is one of the top misconception about volunteering in Africa. The media plays a big role in spreading this idea because often times most volunteers are only exposed to Africa through news, social media and printed materials.

Journalists tend to focus on the top problems and bad news rather than on the positivity. The truth is that violent crimes against Travelers and volunteers in Africa are rare. And cities like Kampala is actually rated as having the lowest crime rates than more popular tourist cities like Rio de Jeneiro in Brazil.

This is one of the reasons Uganda is an ideal location for volunteering and travel, especially well known for volunteer opportunities working with children and the under privileged.

Africa is a big continent and the second largest on earth and it is as big as China, India, the United States and some parts of Europe put together; it is ideally too big to generalize, so when you do read about dangers or epidemics in Africa, it is important to check out where it is actually occurring on the map.

For instance, the Ebola outbreak and other epidemics are so rare in East Africa. Yet the distance from Uganda to Botswana in the South of Africa is further than the distance from California to New York.

Lots of people think that the only way to travel through Africa is on a budget breaking flight and an Uber-Luxurious safari. This could not be more wrong! Flight costs to and from Africa greatly vary and there are a number of countries that you can explore on your own instead of participating in a guided tour. In fact many people find that the best way to actually experience the culture and people of this beautiful continent is to stay, travel and eat locally. The good news is that this is also very affordable.

Africa is one of the most extraordinary and diverse continents in the world! It is an enormous continent and diverse place that is full of wonder and a volunteer program in Africa is sure to be filled with captivating cultures, dramatic scenery and astonishing wildlife. Africa is made up of 54 countries and offers every kind of landscape a volunteer could desire: hot deserts like the Kalahari and Sahara Deserts, Savannah grassland, Majestic Rivers, lakes and waterfalls, incredible coastlines and mountains, among others.

Therefore, the reasons why you have to volunteer in Africa is because most parts of Africa for decades have been at peace, filled with friendly people, affordable, inspiring and diverse continent. Choosing to volunteer in Africa will make your stay more amazing and unique because each day is a learning opportunity and as well a chance to share skills with the locals.