Volunteering is a fun, fulfilling and engaging. It’s not meant to long, tedious boring and tiring. The work that volunteers do is important. The volunteers are not meant to take over the work of the paid staff. The volunteers are only there to help and they are given work that is not meant to be tedious. Volunteers work for free, give out there precious time and skills. Although the work is meant to be fun it should also be effective and meaningful. Things to do to be an effective volunteer work:
- Be mindful of others
During your volunteer period you will be working with other workers. You might work with the paid staff and other volunteers. Some of the people you are going to work with are from diverse backgrounds. In some cases you might be volunteering in Africa where the people are totally different from you. You are meant to be open minded and mindful of others. Everyone in the organizations is important and everyone has a part to play.
- Work with the program
The organizations come up with the programs which you as the volunteer will work in. The organizations are the experts and they are the ones who know the solutions to the problems that are affecting them. Some volunteers come and work in programs and after sometime they want to impose their own ideas to the programs. The ideas might be good but the organizations might not be able to add your programs. They don’t have resources to be able to include your ideas. The organizations’ programs are locally made and they are suitable for the local situation. As the volunteer you are meant to make work in the programs. When you change the programs you offend the people who came with the program and who have been on it.
Being a friend to the guys you work with. Trust is important and once you earn it, it will be a lot easier to work with the people. Being friendly also helps you to relate with the people you are working with. The work will be more fun, enjoyable and exciting if you are friendly. The work won’t feel like work anymore if you are having fun with your friends. When you are all friends they will treat each other with love and respect.
- Understand each other differences
We are all different and have varying opinions and ideas on how things you should be done. The diversity is what makes everyone’s opinion to be important. Also diversity comes by through a person’s attitude and position on life. Understanding all these makes working easier for everyone. You should learn to accept people for who and what they are. We should always have an open policy on people and their ideas.
- Be responsible
Lastly being responsible is important for you to be effective in your volunteer work. Being responsible to yourself helps people not to worry about you. Be responsible in your work means somebody doesn’t have to come and do the work all over again. Being responsible is like keeping time, handing over your assignments in time, and working hard or working smartly. Being responsible affects your work in a multitude of ways.