SUGGESTIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS


Here are some suggestion for a more satisfying volunteering experience, both for you and your hosting organisation.

1 Leave at home your prejudices: job and social atmosphere may not always correspond to your personal expectations.

2

Donít even think of saving the planet within 15 days: sometimes your job may appear irrelevant or useless since some organisations have not  yet developed their best strategies in order to deal with their local problems.

3

Be tolerant and open minded: bear in mind that you are going to deal with people and organisations following alternative patterns. Those who proceed in a creative way may fall in some more mistakes than conformist people are used to.

4

Be critical: donít accept passively any mistake in organisation. Speak out clearly  and ask for any explanation in a spirit of reciprocal understanding: could be a way to discover new solutions.

5

Be ready for some sacrifice: not always youíll meet so nice companions or very efficient coordinators. Accommodation could be uncomfortable and weather conditions worse than you expect.

6

Forget your usual professional roles: unless youíre participating in workcamps requesting specified skills, youíll be asked to do any sort of job.

7

Adapt yourself to new communication styles and do not worry for linguistic difficulties-  spoken English is different in all parts of the world- Sometimes youíll find involved in funny misunderstandings but humans have several manners to understand each other.sarŗ qualche divertente equivoco, ma gli esseri umani trovano sempre il modo di capirsi.

8

Make an effort to be creative: in many cases your solutions could be of great value.

9

Enjoy as much as you can: volunteering is not a sort of punishment , itís an experience to be opened to any positive emotion.

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Think in an extended and comprehensive manner: your experience may go beyond the dimension of your specific job. It may implement the contact between different cultures,  help financially those organisation working in poor countries,  constitute an example for people in your own country and, finally, help you to consider your personal life in a different outlook. 


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