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Lesson 13: Which personal attributes are important for 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 the questions for some inspiration.

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Strengths

Empathy

Being Analytical

Reliability

Diligence

Being able to Concentrate

Discretion

Sobriety

Lenience

Thoughtfulness

Ambition

Openness

Being caring

Easy to talk to

Being relaxed

Being content

Being Well groomed

Being Independent

Versatility

Honesty

Go-Getter

Flexibility

Being able to put things in perspective

Helpfulness

Discernment

Happiness

Cheerfulness

Tolerance

Modesty

Responsibility

Earnestness

Being a Good listener

Idealistic

Interested

Disciplined

Generosity

Determination

Spontaneity

Confidence

Being Goal-oriented

Patience

Playfulness

Being Observant

Dedication

Creativity

Being Structured

Being Optimistic

Being Innovative

Intelligence

Balance

Respectfulness

Being Inventive

Persuasiveness

Being Humorous

Having Courage

Diligence

Being Powerful

Knowing how to mediate

Being Friendly

Being Enthusiastic

Being Skillful

Being Organized

Being Hands-on

Being Inspiring

Calmness

Being Clear

Being Adventurous

Being Direct

Tenderness

To stand up for yourself

Consistency

Weaknesses

Narrow-mindedness

Clumsiness

Egoistical

Being Jealous

Big-spender

Being Strict

Being Submissive

Being Nosey

Intolerance

Being Too precise

Being Boastful

Being Talkative

Dishonesty

Being Slow

Being Unsettled

Being Vague

Superficiality

Being blunt

Passivity

Being Unreasonable

Being Hypersensitive

Being Excessively-concerned

Being Pessimistic

Being Rigid

Timidity

Agressiveness

Being unapproachable

Being Capricious

Not being warm

Being Suspicious

Being Misleading

Being Mean

Being Unkempt

Being Absent-minded

Being Sloppy

Being Cranky

Being Prejudiced

Carelessness

Being Undisciplined

Stubbornness

Being Pushy

Not standing up for yourself

not being able to keep a secret

Indifference

Hesitance

Impatience

Recklessness

Being Chaotic

Being Uncooperative

Not being direct

Being Easily distracted

Being too Dependent

Being a Bad listener

Being Rude

Being Stressed

Insistance

Arrogance

Greediness

Having no opinion of your own

Being Naive

Laziness

Being Too critical

Being Unsatisfied

Being Authoritarian

Being Uncertain

Complaining

Being Unrealistic

Being Cynical

Being Reserved

Being Stingy

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