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Among those businesses you may want to consider charity work in are hospitals, some long term care facilities, grocery stores, charity groups, and many other establishments as well. This can also allow people to gain new relationships and earn a good reputation for when they are ready to go out into the working world in the future.
Volunteers are a great help to businesses. For instance, those who work as volunteers in hospitals help patients to have a more tolerable stay while they are ill. Nursing home patients may enjoy having a volunteer come visit them from time to time just to keep them company. Volunteers in grocery stores can be helpful by carrying bags out for customers or helping them locate certain items in the store.
Volunteering your time to help charity groups can also be an enjoyable thing to do. Knowing you are helping those in need can be a rewarding experience that you can be proud of.
Many elderly people who are shut-ins need volunteers to run occasional errands for them. Having trustworthy people who can go pay their bills or make trips to the store for them when needed can be a tremendous help.
Another benefit of being a volunteer is how you are perceived by the public eye. Most likely if you do well at job volunteering, you will be considered strongly should you ever want a permanent job at that particular business. When business managers see they can depend on you as a volunteer your reputation as a good worker will be set in stone. It is also a nice addition to have volunteer work listed on a resume as experience working with others in your community.
Volunteering for Charity, Legally
Charities are often required to rely on the kindness of volunteers in order to carry out the work they are doing, however, as a charity this can often be a source of some confusion about how to treat a volunteer in terms of “legal employment”. As a volunteer giving up your precious time in order to contribute, you may also want to know where your legal boundaries lie. The following is an overview of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding charity and differentiating between the rights of employees and the rights of volunteers.
Does a charity need a formal contract with a volunteer?
The answer to this is no, so long as you are strictly a volunteer, giving of your time freely for your chosen cause. However, if you are an employee of a charity, a formal document is needed, much like any other job.
Regarding volunteer work, a charity must realize that there is no obligation on behalf of volunteers, nor can they place any obligation on them.
The furthest a charity is able to go in terms of drawing up an agreement with volunteers is to communicate hopes and expectations rather than any kind of key requirements. Simply put, volunteers are not employees and the work to do is up to their own discretion.
How should a charity tackle a volunteer in terms of disciplinary problems?
Again, a volunteer is not an employee and disciplinary issues should be approached with the word “voluntary” in mind. In other words, these are not employees and this means that a charity’s procedures should be tailored accordingly. Legally, a charity can not create obligation for a volunteer to attend work and should rather come up with alternative arrangements and schedules for volunteers who are repeated “no-shows”. Terms such as “disciplinary action” should be avoided.
Should a charity pay a volunteer?
Absolutely not, because the moment a charity remunerates a volunteer, the work is no longer voluntary and volunteers suddenly become “employees”, along with any legal implications this brings with it.
Should a charity at least pay expenses?
Reimbursing volunteers for expenses is fine, so long as they are only replacing money that the volunteer has actually spent out of their own pocket, as a direct result of the volunteer work.
If volunteers aren’t seen as employees, then does a charity need to make provision in terms of insurance?
The answer to this is yes, most definitely. It is quite important that a charity notifies insurers that volunteers are working at the charity. This is just to ensure that the charity is covered in the event that a volunteer is injured whilst working, and to protect the charity against claims that may come about if a volunteer behaves negligently whilst working for the charity.
So hopefully that clarified a few of the ins and outs in terms of volunteering for charitiesin the legal sense. The best approach to have as a charity and volunteer is mutual respect and to never lose sight of why you are both there in the first place- to work towards a bigger cause!
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.
Tips for volunteering India
There are many people who for the sake of exploring south east Asia are volunteering in India. If you are one of those then here are few tips for you that will help you stay safely in the country. The tips are given below and are as follows:-
Don’t commit too much: – Being a volunteer in India is quite a fun. However, sometimes working in s hot and humid region will drain you out. It is very important that you actively manage the amount of work that you can do.
Be careful with what you eat: – Indian foods are quite spicy and oily. During your initial days try to stay away from such things. Don’t consume non-vegetarian food and try to maximize your yogurt intake. Be careful with water and make sure it’s from bottled sources. Food is good but don’t experiment with it too much.
Traffic is a real mess: – Traffic in India is one of the most nosiest. Honking is quite normal. There are many unimaginable things that you will find on the roads such as cows, beggars etc. Stay at a safe distance from them. Don’t try to touch or move cows, they are considered auspicious there. Keep a distance from beggars and don’t easily give any money or food to them.
Cover yourself: – Shorts, t-shirts, minis should be completely avoided. Go for clothes which are comfortable and cover yourself to the maximum extent. India is a conservative country and women there don’t enjoy much freedom. Society in this country is mostly male dominated, so don’t be too adventurous with your dressing.
Always bargain before making the purchase:- If you are not shopping in any authorised retail shop try to bargain as much as possible. The bargaining level should be more intense in smaller shops. Don’t ever pay the amount the shopkeeper asked you for. Tell them you have been living in this country for a while and know every trick of theirs. This may help you in getting things at much cheaper price.
Learn a few Hindi words: – There are many languages spoken in India. You do not need to learn every one of them. However, Hindi is the most popular and spoken language. Learning a few basic words in Hindi will make the experience easier.
Family volunteering abroad tips
Families who take vacations together are added meaning to their holidays by adding volunteering to the vacation. The family volunteering abroad could be made up of children, teens, young adults and grandparents. Family volunteer abroad work includes: construction projects, orphanage programs, conservation projects and mentorship programs. The advantages of family volunteering overseas are great rewarding experience; forming the children’s’ world view; empower the kids to see they can change the world; expands the children’s insight; gives families time to bond; and exciting travel opportunities. Volunteers who want to go abroad with their families should look for organizations that can accommodate everyone’s needs and wants. Family volunteers should look into the following when planning their volunteer abroad trip: Precautions If the volunteer family has young children between the ages of 6 to 14 years extra precautions should be taken. Before leaving home, the parents should explain to the children what they are going to do abroad and inform them of safety precautions. With older kids, they should inform their parents where they are going and what time they are coming back. As parents, they should: get bright colored clothes for their kids for them to be noticeable in a crowd; stitch the names of the children on the inside of the clothes; keep a recent photo of the kids; one parent should always keep an eye on the kids while the other parent is doing something else; know what to do in case of an emergency; and keep medicines and other harmful objects away from kids. Attitude Attitude is like expectations, explain to the children what they are going to do and what to expect. The volunteer parents should not give the kids false expectations and hopes; they should be honest with their kids. Also parents should find ways to change the attitude of their children. When the parent sees the child is developing a negative attitude they should try and improve it as quickly as possible. When the child gets a negative attitude, it will affect everyone else’s mood and make the work twice as hard. The parents should find way to make the volunteer work more engaging or stop working when they see the child has become too uncomfortable. During long flights parents should buy extra toys that would distract their kids. If there is something that is stressing the parents they should find ways of hiding their frustration from the kids. One way to change the children’s attitude is by engaging them in the planning process making them feel more important in the vacation. Volunteer work The volunteer family should choose a volunteer program that suits the needs of ever member of the family. There are various programs available to choose from for example: conservation, orphanage, mentorship programs, sports, building and construction and agricultural programs. Depending on the age and desires of the family members they should choose programs that will work for everyone. For example grandparents may enjoy orphanage work more to sports activities, while the children could prefer the opposite. The family members’ capabilities should be put into consideration when choosing a program. Take note that overly physical jobs will be hard for the younger and older family members. Parents should involve their children when picking volunteer work in which everyone can enjoy them. Another option will be to different family members involved in different programs but in the same location. Accommodation Lastly, when planning for family volunteering abroad the volunteers should look into where they are going to stay. The options available to volunteers are hostels, hotels, dorms, homestay and couch surfing. The different accommodations are suitable for different type of travelers. Younger children will require more private accommodation while older kids would be better placed in less private accommodation like hostels. When volunteering as a family the accommodation options are homestays, hotels and hostels. If the volunteers have very young kids they should pick a place which has few potential hazards. When the parents arrive at the hotel or hostel, they should try to make the place child proof. They should teach the kids of emergency procedures just in case something happens and the children should be supervised throughout the stay.