2.2 – Development and Volunteerism

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      Do you have volunteers in your organisation? Or are there any local associations in your community that run projects on a voluntary basis. Visit them and ask them about the impact volunteerism has had on their organisation and on their community. You can use some of the criteria used in the case study number 2 of this module.

      (http://www.alliance-network.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IVS-impact-maps_updated.zip)

      If you don’t find any organisation with volunteers around you, how could volunteerism benefit your local community? Do you think there is a local organisation that may be interested in developing such a project?

      Share the results here!

    • #28371
      Nikka Lou
      Participant

      I’ve been to my local associations where in we conduct an activity that promotes our environment more healthier, in this activity we plant trees and we also did community service where we cleaned our community by collecting garbage in the surrounding. We are super blissed to do such because we know that it is for own health anyway. In this case, we maybe don’t gain money or any reward but we were blissed still because we helped our environment to become healthy and more sustainable. It is not hard though to engage such things, in fact it is very enjoy to engage with your friends at the same time in the environment. I am looking more forward to engage more activities most specially it is for our own good.

    • #28373
      Julia Kaczor
      Participant

      Volunteering affects the society around me in quite a significant way. In my city we have a huge variety of organizations and associations in which young people develop themselves and others. In my opinion, volunteering causes emotional changes in people, they become more sensitive, empathic and able to cope with the difficulties sent down by fate. Volunteers in organizations very often keep everything in one efficient unit, complete the papers, create a community, make the atmosphere more pleasant and create a new dimension of tasks and a certain kind of autonomy. The benefits of volunteering certainly include opportunities to work for others, personal development and training exchanges. Volunteering gives me knowledge, the possibility of contact with another person and a sense of fulfilment.

    • #28382
      Sonia
      Participant

      Volunteerism is the axe that my association depends on. We work for youth inclusion, youth empowerment and peace building. These projects teach youth how to be independent , supportive and self motivated. The engagement of our volunteers shows in the impact of activities outdoors and to beneficiaries.

    • #28399
      Aleksandra
      Participant

      In the organisation, volunteers are an incredible help in organising events and activities for others. In many cases these actions are their own initiative. Young volunteers also “open the eyes” of older people in the organisation, especially those who make decisions about how the organisation works. Simply put, it is easier for volunteers to see the needs and problems of young people and respond to them with new projects and initiatives. They rejuvenate the organization. They are therefore an incredible human and intellectual resource. I believe that volunteering is above all a benefit for the volunteers themselves – an opportunity to build relationships and meet their own needs. Organization is to create space for this. Thanks to the volunteers, these spaces are opened to young people. Volunteering is also an important part of the mission of a non-profit organization like ours. We do many things for free for the community.

    • #28407

      Hi,
      I’m Saad from Pakistan, student of undergraduate.
      I’m the Chairperson of “Agriculture Volunteers Society” in my university, where I’ve my team of Volunteers and work to promote Agriculture Field in our communities.
      We have successfully made few INNOVATIVE Projects which are beneficial for our farmer community as well as local communities.
      Moreover, all kinda Leadership, skills development and knowledge enhancement is also our aim to build in new Students who wish to join us.

    • #28471
      Ayesha
      Participant

      Volunteering isn’t something about a minor issue here.. Here in my surroundings it’s like getting too much benefit from it, but the people who get that benefit mainly consist of already rich ones. Thus the basic necessities of suffering ones get unfulfilled including all the six dimensions of volunteerism.
      Policies are still not been better to get access to real deserving beings. If someone tries to do this good deed on his own, the power of critical era here demolishes all his efforts..
      Here people prefer to see others under their feet and the owners of volunteering organizations think as they are the jack of all trades so whatever i observed being an volunteer and seeing volunteering around my surroundings it’s just a mess…!!
      I’m so saddened over it.. i don’t know if you would approve my thoughts but these are the facts..!!

    • #28472
      DUMITRU
      Participant

      Volunteering is an unpaid activity and aims to enrich the civic spirit and increase community involvement. It is important to know that volunteering is considered and recognized as a professional experience in my country.
      Through volunteering, various skills are acquired that can be used in professional life. Thus, you learn to communicate better and work in a group, to coordinate with it, to manage your time more efficiently, planning and organizing activities, you learn the structure of an organization and elements of organizational identity.

    • #28513

      Do you have volunteers in your organisation?

      We have a volunteer every year in our organisation -an EVS volunteer. As I was a mentor for an EVS volunteer I want to share my experiences here:

      Volunteers need more time to create their own projects and ideas, but it is always busy in our youth work organisation. That´s why they normaly do more organisational and administrative stuff. I´m sad the situation is so, but as speaking with our CEO and others there was no way to create other structures. And that is the problem, we need more youth worker that the volunteers can focus on his/her work. I enjoyed it all the times when we have volunteers, because it is great to see what they offer, what they bring as input in our organisation and also to see how diverse is EUROPE. My experiences as a mentor are really good and I take time and care to speak with them often, even when it is my free time, after my work. I also include them in private life (making day trips, showing them Austrian culture and food). I still have contact with my EVS guy and it makes me really proud to see what he is now doing and how he is participating now in european life as citizen.

    • #28560
      Dmytro
      Participant

      As I represent NGO People, I can tell about our volunteers. Some of our volunteers work abroad as ECS participants, the communities they work in know about Ukraine more now. ECS has also impact on the communities the volunteer come from as after coming back, this person will implement new skills during his/her activity.
      We also involve the volunteers to our local English Speaking Club. This people also make their impact on the local community by educating and improving over all level of English speaking skill of the community.

    • #28677
      Haris
      Participant

      We are an LGBTQI youth organization.
      When it comes to volunteers for the safe meeting places, we called them Youth Leaders and they usually get compensation for the work that they do in order to contain confidentiality, trust, and respect.

    • #28783
      Eda Arbil
      Participant

      Well ın my country many people think any organization or ngo is not necessary to donate some money or help them… but still lots of volunteer people exist. Helping and sharing is important in any culture. Volunteers has some nice and creative ideas, they got meetings. They respect everyone and always kind.

    • #28822
      Ricardo
      Participant

      I work directly with several voluntary organizations, I am a public employee and I am in charge of contacting organizations and organizing volunteer groups to combat COVID, from walking pets, delivering first-rate products, accompanying to hospital consultations and everything else. required. We have received praise both from the people we help directly and from public bodies.

    • #28825
      Eleonora
      Participant

      I live in a small village with around 250 people, so there aren’t really any structured, local organizations offering volunteering opportunities (or, indeed, many local organizations at all). However, informally, volunteerism does happen through citizen initiative, particularly when it comes to cleaning beaches and the sea from litter in the summer months.

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