Some things potential volunteers should consider

When considering volunteering…

Think about your motivation to volunteer. Why do you want to do it?

“Good” reasons include

  • wanting to put UWC ideals into practice
  • wanting to be of service to others
  • wanting to test UWC ideas and ideals out in the ‘real world’
  • wanting to immerse yourself in a new cultural context
  • wanting to learn how certain organizations (NGOs) work

“Bad” reasons include

  • wanting to have something good to put on university applications
  • wanting a break from working and studying
  • wanting to see a new ‘exotic’ place
  • wanting a holiday
  • wanting to travel

Think about

  • what you would like to get out of volunteering
  • what you can bring to volunteering
  • what kind of work you would like to do
  • what part of the world you might like to volunteer in
  • why you want to go to a particular part of the world

Some questions to ask yourself include

  • do I want to work for a big or small organization?
  • do I want to go somewhere that has had many volunteers before?
  • do I want to be with other volunteers or alone?
  • do I want to work for a new organization or an established one?
  • do I want to have clearly defined work or to find things to do?
  • do I prefer to be able to take the initiative?