Advanced Volunteering

Lesson 6: Which steps can I take to reflect on myself?

Lesson 6 Chapter 2

Reflection during volunteer work

Reflecting during volunteer work is important. It is especially important when you are initiating a project or activity of your own. Or anything in which you initiate something, you suggest something or you try to change something in one way or the other. Basically anything which happens because of your presence and wouldn’t have otherwise happened. This can be for example:

You introduce an activity in the school where you work as a volunteer. 

You want to buy materials for your project.

You initiate a different approach towards the treatment of patients.

You suggest a new way of handling a community issue.

You try to organize the materials at your project.

In those or other situations you should make some considerations before acting. Questions you should ask yourself when you are initiating a project or activity of your own:

  • Do I know the underlying reason(s) why things go the way they go?
  • Did I consider how my own background shaped the idea?
  • What do I expect to be the end result when I initiate something? Is that realistic?
  • Is it going to be helpful in the long term?
  • Have you engaged others in your plans?
  • To what extent are you trying to accomplish personal goals by initiating this plan?

memory aid for reflection

A simple memory aid to help you reflect on yourself during volunteer work is the sentence you see in the figure. When you read this sentence aloud, you emphasize a different part of the sentence every time you read it: 

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