It’s always a great feeling when you can volunteer in a cause that directly impacts other people’s lives especially when it involves a group of people who would not have survived otherwise. When you work as a volunteer, you not only get personal fulfillment and a sense of satisfaction that you are leaving a positive impact in the world, you also get an opportunity to improve your career prospects as you can demonstrate to employers that you are a person who aspires to bring positive change.
In this article, we are going to share with you 4 tips on how to be a great volunteer.
1 You need to be flexible
Generally when you are offering to work as a volunteer, you should be aware that the organization you are working with is likely to place you in any department where they feel you can have a contribution. This therefore means that you should be flexible enough to work in any department even if it’s not your profession.
2 You need to be reliable and committed
When you decide to be a volunteer, you need to be committed and reliable in spite of the fact that the organization may not be paying you for your services. The organization will still expect you to deliver results like any other professional in their staff. You should never assume that because you are a volunteer, you can slack on your work.
3 You need to be selfless
As a volunteer, you have essentially dedicated your time to support a cause and this requires a lot of selflessness because you will often find yourself in situations out of your comfort zone. Selflessness will take you far because it helps you do a lot of self-discovery.
4 You need to be passionate
Passion is everything. If you are not passionate about the cause you are volunteering in then you are not likely to give the organization and the people you are helping your all. It’s therefore a good idea to volunteer for causes that you are passionate about as this will give you the drive to give your best.
Not only is working as a volunteer fulfilling, if you do it right you may even end up turning your volunteer experience into a permanent job.
It’s the proliferation of drugs and substances among the poor populace in some of the underdeveloped nations in the Middle East and Asia that motivates organizations like Cambodia Trust, working through volunteers to engage in interventions aimed at fighting addiction through emphasizing on rehabilitation of addicts. We welcome you to share with us your experiences with drug, alcohol or substance abuse.