Volunteering Services ? Selection, Screening & Training of Volunteers
Volunteering services are among services which require standard of care. Without any selfish motive, volunteers opt for a particular program to serve the society. Moreover, programs can be opted among community development, environment & wildlife, learn abroad or any other depending on the choice and need of individuals.
Volunteering services are all about making efforts related to travelling abroad to look at a very different culture. To serve the individuals in this regard, a number of volunteering service providers are available. The services are meant to have individuals with proper selection, screening and training programs to fulfill the program objectives successfully.
In this article, we’ll come to know about the major aspects of selection, screening and training of volunteers.
Legal advice is required to understand about the rights and obligations that volunteers and organizations have.
You should know that rights may vary depending on the province, type of organization and operations being conducted.
Policy for screening
It is the duty of organizations to protect staff, members, patrons and volunteers from harm. Fir this, they follow appropriate screening policy. The policy explains how much training is required for screening, maintaining the information obtained during screening and how to maintain the privacy of members involved in the services.
Description for each and every member is created to identify the preferred qualifications, responsibilities and screening requirements of the members.
Amount of screening
Screening for each position can be analyzed by considerations like will the person interact with vulnerable persons like handicapped persons and children. And if the answer is yes, more screening of the member is required.
Another consideration is whether the person is interested in working with large groups or not. If the answer is to work in small groups, amount of screening is more as compared to persons interested in large groups.
Skills and experience
Standardized forms are there to get filled by the members of volunteering services in which it is asked to mention contact information for at least three references along with skills and experience.
Qualified members are interviewed before their final selection. The interview is directed to gain appropriate understanding of experience, skills and attitudes.
Thus, from the above discussions, it can be said that volunteering services are required to come up with skilled, well-trained and qualified volunteers and thus they are needed to go through various steps of selection, screening and training for all kinds of programs including community development, teach & coach overseas, women’s & youth and much more.