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Everyone knows that a volunteer is someone who works for free. But to cope with volunteer work, or to successfully interact with volunteers, this is not enough. We also need to understand the motivation with which people become volunteers.
Motivation determines both goals and means, i.e. tactics and strategy.
The most effective in our work was to divide all volunteer work into 4 different types.
Two types of constructive, although it is important not to confuse them and be clear about which of these two types of volunteering you do. And two – unconstructive, mostly in small doses are simply useless, but later always lead to negative consequences. Both for the volunteer and for those he is trying to help.
Harmful volunteering is volunteering out of guilt and volunteering out of fear. The first is an attempt to correct old mistakes, and the second is the result of fear of becoming an outcast, being persecuted, losing one’s social status or social ties.
Useful volunteering is “starting” volunteering and professional volunteering.
- Starting volunteering is volunteering to gain experience. To try or start and develop primary competencies.
So starting volunteers are volunteers who works for experience and access to resources.
- A professional volunteer is a person who chooses to work unpaid, but not because he or she is trying to cope with guilt or fear, i.e. to solve his or her inner problem, but because he or she has enough strength and motivation to purposefully improve the world around him or herself.