You become A successful volunteer by being well prepared for what awaits you and Route2Volunteer helps you with that! The Muses Foundation offers training courses to optimally prepare you for your volunteer work abroad.
To prepare volunteers as well as possible, the Muses Foundation has been investigating since 2016, how the impact of volunteers worldwide can be futher increased. This resulted in ten (10) competencies that are important for being A successful volunteer. In the preparation training, the Muses Foundation helps you to master these competencies and you learn everything about your role as A volunteer.
10 competencies for A successful volunteer.
You show empathy, interest and attention to othetrs and your environment and you are willing to learn from this and to adapt
You contribute with others, respecting and taking into account different cultural backgrounds and circumstances.
You can easily adapt to A changing environment, working methods, working hours, tasks, responsibilities and behaviour of others. This is really about actually adjusting your behaviour/attitude.
Have an attitude where you like to be surprised and not immediately wonder what the use of new information is. You like to experiment with new experiences and methods. Learning is easier if you have this competence.
Knowledge about cultural difference
You have knowledge about others and their culture. You learn from others and see differences and similarities between people you talk to based on cultural characteristics, knowing that there may be A difference in the interpretation of certain behaviours.
Know your own strengths, weaknessess and limitations and do not overestimate or underestimate them. Have insight into your behaviour and attitudes and the possible influence of this on the environment. You ask for feedback to increase self-knowledge.
You act accordingly to the social and ethical norms shared within the organization and you comply with agreements.
You are not afraid to do something of your own accord, without the encouragement of someone else, instead of waiting on others to get go-ahead to start something.
You are able to deal with the exchange of information between sender and receiver from different cultures, in which the cultural difference i slarge enough to have an impact on this exchnage.
You can make informed and self-conscious decisions and take actions, even in difficult circumstances.