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UNI BREAK VOLUNTEERING IN THE MALDIVES WITH VOLUNTEER MALDIVES

UNI BREAK VOLUNTEERING IN THE MALDIVES WITH VOLUNTEER MALDIVES

Volunteer Maldives is committed to making a real and tangible difference to these warmand friendly communities – which sometimes need a little help!When you travel with us you can rest assured that the work you do will directly benefit the islanders that have been identified by these local communities and the NGO’s we work with.

All of our partners are based in the local community. They are in partnership with Volunteer Maldives rather than employed by Volunteer Maldives. When you travel with us, you will stay in locally run accommodation/homes and travel on locally owned transport.In this way we can ensure that the part of your placement fee assigned for transport and accommodation goes directly into the local economy. That means that before you’ve even lifted a finger on your project, you’ve already made an important contribution to the local economy.

Our volunteers will live in the heart of the communities, in basic home stay accommodation as part of the family, or some islands have specific accommodation just for volunteers.

As part of the ‘Maldives’ experience, you’ll eat local food, use local transport, and definitely do as the locals do! You’ll find the islanders will take great care of youand welcome you into their community where activities on your days off will include asisland hopping, snorkelling, go to deserted sandbanks for picnics, venture your for a spot of night fishing then come back and barbeque your fresh catch – such a unique experience you’ll not find in too many places in the world!

We offer a variety of exciting and fun projects from Teaching/ Teaching Assistant places: – This is a wonderful way to engage with the children.  Help them improve their English language skills, do fun creative activities with them, motivate and inspire them!

Sports are enjoyed by people the world over, and Maldivians are no exception! It’s still one of the best ways to unite people, creating strong community spirit and forging lifelong friendships.

Our sports programs have been very successful, with more to be implemented next year, working with new islands and NGO’s.

Volunteer Maldives works alongside local coaches who are either part of a youth and sports group, or work within schools.

Whether teaching aerobics, badminton, volleyball, football, dance – a myriad of opportunities await volunteers with lots of energy and enthusiasm to inspire the youth – and to get the more mature islanders moving also!

Job Volunteering 16-25

Job Volunteering 16-25

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

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!