WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AS A VOLUNTEER?

When looking for a place to volunteer, how do you know whether a particular organization is likely to provide a positive experience where your abilities will be well utilized? While there are no guarantees, there are some things to look for:

• Does the organization have a volunteer job description clearly defining what you will be doing? If not, is the organization’s contact person able to explain to you what you will be doing?

• What kind of training/orientation does the organization provide?

• Who will be your supervisor? Will that person be easily accessible to you?

• Is there enough for you to do?

• Will you be working by yourself or with other volunteers?

• Where will you work? Does the organization have a workplace for you?

• How does the paid staff respond to volunteers?

• What time commitment is required? How does this coincide with how you see yourself volunteering – is it too much or too little?

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