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Volunteering Services ? Selection, Screening & Training of Volunteers

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

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.

Creating description

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.

Interview

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.

BOLIVIA VOLUNTEERS aids flood victims

BOLIVIA VOLUNTEERS aids flood victims

In response to the severe flooding in the city, caused by the highest levels of torrential rainfall recorded for many years, BOLIVIA VOLUNTEERS has sent four of its volunteers currently in COCHABAMBA to help individuals, displaced families and the community.

Liaising with community leaders, the volunteers are providing immediate emergency assistance in a variety of ways, to try to help ease the devastating impact the recent floods have had. Recent flash-floods and continuous rainfall have totally changed the landscape. Rivers have burst their banks, and in many locations have changed their course completely – now passing through townships and agricultural land.

It is widely acknowledged that the recent inclement weather is the worst recorded for many years, and the local forecasters predict that there will be several more weeks of rainfall, before Bolivia´s ´Rainy Season´ draws to a close. Traditionally, the rains arrive in the central South American country during November and December, but this year – following severe droughts in many areas – the excessive amounts of rainfall have caused chaos throughout the country.

Bolivia Volunteers, who organize volunteer placements in the city of Cochabamba have answered calls from the community to assist where possible, by assigning additional volunteer tasks to some of its volunteers.

´Just take a look around you – the place is devastated,´ says Tony Lee – in Cochabamba with Bolivia Volunteers on a three month Building Trades project – ´Nothing I´ve ever seen before has been anything like this.´ Tony, along with construction project volunteer Marston Adabaye, will be helping in the massive clean-up operation, and helping local community leaders co-ordinate the construction of make-shift temporary accommodation blocks for homeless families.

Other volunteers, Abigail Harman-Scott and Brigitte Le Croix, are in the region with a focus on health and social care. ´It´s not just the houses that have been destroyed – Community centers, schools and medical facilities have not been spared. We are doing all we can to keep things running as smoothly as possible at this difficult time for everybody here´ says Brigitte.

Bolivia Volunteers continues to monitor the situation, and has several other volunteers on stand-by to be deployed in the area if needed.