Many of us ask: “Why should I pay if I am already donating my time, my efforts and my skills? Couldn’t they give me free food and accommodation at least?”. International volunteering is expensive and that comes as a surprise to most people. It might be hard to understand why it is us, unpaid volunteers,
What motivates volunteers to apply and join an NGO abroad is necessarily connected to their expectations. When these are not explicitly expressed, or even understood, they generate misunderstandings and discomfort which result in a bad experience for both the volunteer and the hosting organization. That is why expectations must be detected and taken into account!
AKA, when volunteers can offer much more than what they (and you) think Each one of us, at least once, has complained about the lack of resources: lack of money, staff, computers, space… It is no surprise, in our professional area, that 3 people have to work for 6, with a shaky internet connection and
At first sight, having international volunteers doesn’t seem hard at all. They need housing, information about transport, tasks to work on and that’s about it. However, this basic approach does not really help maximizing the impact of volunteers’ presence, prevent unwanted incidents and give our volunteers an enriching experience personally and professionally. Being able to