Top Tips to Become a Great Volunteer
Are you looking to volunteer, or do you already participate? Wondering how you can be a good volunteer, or improve? Check out our top 10 tips on how to be a great volunteer...
1. Choose the Right Project/Organisation
It is important you enjoy what you are doing and find it worthwhile, the happier you are the better the experience will be. You should reseach the work the organisation does, check their website and view feedback on websites like Facebook. Does their aims match yours? Does it sound like something you would like to be involved with?
2. Carefully Pick Where to Participate
Maybe if the idea of volunteering abroad appeals, but you don't have the time, why not consider applying locally to where you live? Or if you do want to go overseas make sure you choose a destination that appeals to you. Search projects by continent here:
- Volunteer Africa
- Volunteer Asia
- Volunteer North America
- Volunteer Central America
- Volunteer South America
- Volunteer Europe
- Volunteer Oceania
3. Actually Turn Up
A lot of people who sign up to volunteer either locally or internationally sometimes do not actually start. Some people get other commitments like employment offers or after thinking about it, decide it might not be for them. If you have reservations, or you don't think you have the time, discuss this with the organisation. At least give it a go to see if it is right for you.
4. Be Willing to Learn
You will find some staff will have probably worked for a long time and will have lots of advice and information to help you learn and develop your role.
5. Be Flexible
Be willing to do anything and be open to working different hours and be open minded to what is asked of you even if you think it might be boring/not that meaningful.
6. Dress Appriopriately
Assess what you will be doing and try to get the right balance. If you are going to do a community volunteer program do you really need a suit? You really want to blend in and also be comfortable.
7. Give a Long Term Commitment
Volunteering long term is beneficial to you and the organisation. It can take time to train you for the role, and also for you to adapt to what is expected of you. Joining for a short period can have a detrimental effect because it won't allow you to make a worthwhile contribution whilst the organisation will also suffer due to loss of time/effort.
8. Recommend to Friends/Family
You don't need to volunteer solo, you could apply with friends and family and then have someone to share the experience with!