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Making Use Of Classroom Volunteers
Often teachers need help in the classroom, the problem is they are too busy to even arrange classroom volunteers to come and help them. Parents that have free time should step up to the plate and offer to help where they can.
Sometimes parents who volunteer can become bored. These parents should not become discouraged, as there are ways to make this a fun and helpful experience for the teacher. As a parent there is a responsibility to the children, they are the future of the country.
This gives the parent a good idea as to what kind of stress the teacher faces on a daily basis. Educating children is a responsibility that only dedicated people are equipped to handle. Some of these responsibilities are administering discipline, proficiency regulating, updating of curriculums, the safety aspect of the children and much more. Teachers could find themselves at work until eighteen hundred hours just trying to keep abreast of the duties they have to perform.
While it is clear that many teachers can do with the extra help, the volunteers can represent more work for the teachers. They have to dispense tasks to the volunteer and this takes time and effort.
It is a bit of a catch twenty-two as creating a roster for the volunteer can represent as much stress for the teacher as not having a volunteer. More so than ever before, schools are in need of volunteers to help with the task of educating the future of the country.
Strategic planning is critical in terms of the volunteers duties. Responsible work should be given to the volunteer in order to lighten the load on the teacher. This will allow the teacher to continue with projects that need finalizing. The principle and some of the senior teachers could draw up an operating and procedures manual. This could be the blue print for all future volunteers to adhere to.
A twenty minute meeting between teacher and volunteer should suffice to discuss the safety policies of the school, special needs that certain learners may have and the expected standard of behavior. Furthermore, grading policies and daily responsibilities can also be discussed. The volunteer should have a list of questions to ask the teacher. Discuss all emergencies including the locking down of the school and fire drills.
Teachers should arrange a workstation for the classroom volunteers. This should be clearly indicated so that learners and other teachers do not use the desk and chair unwittingly.
Volunteer abroad safety tips for female volunteers
Safety is a concern for many people who travel abroad. There is always a risk that something could happen to the traveler while they are abroad. Male volunteers are not safe while they abroad but female volunteers are more at risk than them. Due to their small stature (smaller than the average male) they are more at risk while they are volunteering abroad. Female international volunteers are easier targets than their male counterparts. Being a female volunteer requires them to pay special attention to her and the surroundings. There is a lot to fear while volunteering abroad as a female volunteer but it shouldn’t deter you from leaving home. Here are some tips to help: Dressing While you are abroad try and dress up according to the standards that are there. If you dress inappropriately it is seen as offensive. For example in Muslim and Arab nations, women should cover all parts of their bodies. The women are covered from head to toe. In other places, the cultures are conservative and the women there don’t wear tight fitting clothes and showing cleavage. Before going abroad find out how the local people dress up. To be safe, try wearing loose fitting clothes, long pants and long dresses. Avoid also wearing expensive jewelry and clothing as these attract attention, and you may be robbed of them. Try dressing up like the locals. Fake rings Put on a fake wedding ring that will detract many male suitors. As a female volunteer many men will try and get you. As they may assume that most western foreigners from Europe and the Americas are loose women with questionable morals. To avoid such advances put on wedding ring and if still approached tell them of your happy “marriage” it’s also advisable to carry with you photos of a man. The man could be your brother, friend or cousin to detract their advance. Drinking On the occasions you are invited to a party, or you are in a bar or restaurant, avoid to drink too much. When you are drunk you will become more vulnerable and you will have less control of yourself and your situation. When in bars do not accept drinks that have been opened, ask the waiters or the bar tender to open the bottle when you are seeing. As a rule of thumb don’t accept drinks from stranger that are open. There have been cases where drugs are slipped onto the alcohol then you will black out not remembering what happened during the night. Go out in groups or with somebody with whom you trust and will take care of you when you over indulge. Also when you are having a good time know your alcohol limit and avoid taking drinks you are not used. Stay in touch While you are volunteering abroad always stay in touch with a friend or your family. Email, text, call your family to update them of your whereabouts. Always keep updating them on how you are doing and where you are going. Try to keep them informed with almost everything that is going on. When something happens they will try and help you. Also when you are leaving the volunteer program or volunteer home, always inform them where you are going and when they should expect you back. This way, they will always be somebody who is looking over you. Being alert As a foreigner you will be an easy target for thieves and pickpockets. When you are in large crowds try to be mindful of your things and your surroundings. Get to know the emergency numbers: learn the police, hospital and fire emergency numbers. Try and learn some of the local words just in case you might need some help. In the foreign country mind your body language so as not to send the wrong signals. For example in some cultures women don’t look directly in to the eyes of men. When you do so you may encourage the man to assault your or be rude to you. In such cases try to be mindful and when talking to older men try and looking at the floor and being formal. Periods Menstruation can be an issue while you are abroad, because sometimes you might not be able to access pads and tampons during your girl’s day. Also with menstruation come cramps and body ache making you uncomfortable during that time. To reduce the effects of menstruation visit your General practitioner to give you advice on what to do. Generally many female volunteers carry contraception pills to avoid menstruation. Other solutions are a contraceptive implant, and the coil.
The need for community volunteerism has never been greater than it is today. The economy has stifled the budgets of many associations of the house and raised the owner of the need for homeowners to be more involved in community care of public spaces in their associations. While volunteering may seem a burden to the owners of the house may actually be an advantage.
These volunteers help the community to demonstrate the ROI they receive from it. And what are they? First, volunteering provides a sense of self. There is personal satisfaction in his mind when he or she did something meaningful without being paid. Second, there is a special bond with others in the community who joined the volunteer effort. Getting to know your neighbors while participating in a project within the community to develop friendship and unite the community in a way that serves the interests of all. Third, it is a blessing to participate in the sense that they are improving the area where you live. We all know that the particular mood that occurs when you plant trees or flowers in our own backyard, or when we launched feeders or bird baths for our special feathered friends. This unique experience is exacerbated when the projects are carried out in areas of public people who live there.
We all find ways to cut costs in this tight economy. When we volunteer to help our community, we can keep any increase in premiums that may result from the presence of HOA officers’ employees or contract with someone to do the job. The result is an economy for everyone in society, including your own family budget whenever we finish a task that voluntarily reduces our need to pay others to do so. Labor costs can be considerable, but volunteers can reduce or eliminate many of the costs of their unpaid help. Saving money is important and volunteering is a way to do it.
When we offer to help our community learns more about the whole process is necessary to take care of public spaces. This increased knowledge allows us to participate more effectively in all matters that homeowner. We get to know staff better and we realize the difficulty of their work, and to serve on various committees of the association. Volunteers must transmit information to other residents and residents informed are more likely to be positive and supportive in the future. A volunteer may be able to hire two or three additional volunteers for future projects, sharing the joys, the savings and benefits achieved by the process.
Community leaders, particularly those who serve on committees HOA should consider having a volunteer day for the community. This should be widely promoted and organized on Saturday. In this case, those involved could get a list of things that could be done by volunteers. The advantages of such a service should be explained. Those present should be invited to encourage residents to participate in other projects. When neighbors get involved, they tend to meet other neighbors who also participate. Residents should be able to register for special projects at the meeting. When communities have a day or twice a year for people to participate, they limit the number of people who can participate. When these leaders give people the opportunity to volunteer for tasks and their neighbors at a time when they are most accessible, the number of people affected will increase dramatically.
In other words, setting aside one day for landscape projects are not successful. But when you let someone or a group of residents volunteered to do a landscape project at the time of their choice, are you more visibility and better results.
Community leaders and residents should seek to increase volunteerism in the HOA projects. Results will join the company, improving the living environment, save money, increase home values and friendships. Volunteer Now!