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Lesson 13: Which personal attributes are important in volunteering?

Lesson 13 Chapter 3

Volunteering attributes

After doing research, it was found that project coordinators, host organisations, and volunteers considered the following personal attributes or characteristics important for being a good volunteer.

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It is important to note that a lack of these personal attributes or characteristics does not mean someone is not fit to become a volunteer. However,  all volunteers are encouraged to strive to attain them.


Strengths and weaknesses

Some strengths can be a weakness in another culture and vice versa. Two examples of this are:

  • Being direct is considered a strength in the Netherlands, but could be seen as a weakness in countries where communication is more indirect. 
  • Standing up for yourself can be seen as a strength in some cultures. In other cultures this could be seen as a weakness. Especially in certain circumstances. For example in cultures where there is a lot of respect for elderly people. Giving your opinion could be seen as rude when speaking to someone older than you.

Answer the following questions about your strengths and weaknesses. You can use the strengths and weaknesses listed below for some inspiration

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Strengths

Empathy

Analytical

Reliable

Diligent

Being able to concentrate

Discreet

Sober

Lenient

Thoughtful

Ambitious

Open

Caring

Smooth-talking

relaxed

satisfied

Well groomed

Independent

Versatile

Honest

Go-Getter

Flexible

Being able to put things in perspective

Helpful

Discernment

Happy

Cheerful

Tolerant

Modest 

Responsible

Earnest

Good listener

Idealistic

Interested

Disciplined

Generous

Determined

Spontaneous

Confident

Goal-oriented

Patient

Playful

Observant

Dedicated

Creative

Structured

Optimistic

Innovative

Intelligent

Balanced

Respectful

Inventive

Persuasive

Humorous

Courageous

Diligent

Powerful

Intermediator

Friendly

Enthusiastic

Skillful

Organized

Hands-on

Inspiring

Calm

Clear

Adventurous

Direct

Tender

To stand up for yourself

Consistent

Weaknesses

Short-Sighted

Clumsy

Egoistic

Jealousy

Big-spender

Strict

Submissive

Nosey

Intolerant

Too precise

Boastful

Talkative

Dishonest

Slow

Unsettled

Vague

Superficial

Being blunt

Passive

Unreasonable

Hypersensitive

Excessively-concerned

Pessimistic

Rigid

Timid

Agressive

Closed

Capricious

Cold

Suspicious

Misleading

Mean

Unkempt

Absent-minded

Sloppy

Cranky

Prejudiced

Careless

Undisciplined

Stubborn

Pushy

Not standing up for yourself

not being able to keep a secret

Indifferent

Hesitant

Impatient

Reckless

Chaotic

Uncooperative

Indirect

Easily distracted

Dependent

Bad listener

Rude

Stressed

Insisting

Arrogant

Greedy

Having no opinion of your own

Naive

Lazy

Too critical

Unsatisfied

Authoritarian

Uncertain

Complaining

Unrealistic

Cynical

Reserved

Stingy

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