You can become A sucessful volunteer by being well prepared for your volunteer work. Route2Volunteer helps you get there?
The Route2Volunteer Academy is an online learning programme which offers you optimal preparation and helps you multiple the value of your journey for both locals and yourself.
To give volunteer optimal preparation, Muses Research has investigated how the impact of volunteers worldwide can be further increased. From this investigation ten (10) competenies turned out to be the most important to be a successful volunteer.
10 competenties for a successful volunteer
Look into these competencies to see what they exactly imply. You will find videos of experts like (local) project coordinator, ex-volunteers and graduate students who will explain why those competencies are so important for voluntary work.
You show empathy, Interest, and attention to others and your surroundings and you are willing to learn from them and adjust to their standards.
You contribute with others, in A respectful way towards the cultural differences and circumstances.
You can easily adjust to A different environment, work method, schedule, tasks, responsibilities, and behaviour. This competence basically means that you truly adjust your natural behaviour/attitude.
You have an attitude with which you do not mind surprises and do not immediately question new information. You like to give new things A chance and you like to experiment with new work experiences and methods. Learning new things is easy when you use this competence.
Knowledge about cultural differences
You have knowledge about others and their culture. You learn from others and you are capable of noticing differences and similarities between people based on cultural features. You realize that there might be a different ways of interpreting certain behaviour for other cultures.
Your know your strengths, weaknesses, and limitations and you do not under or overestimate them. You are self aware of your attitude and posture and of the influence that it has on the environment. You ask for feedback to improve your self knowledge.
You respect and adjust to the social and ethical norms. You stick with the commitments you have made.
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You are not afraid to take the lead on a project, instead of waiting for someone to assign A task to you.
You are capable of dealing with the exchange of information between the sender and the receiver from different cultures, in which the cultural difference is large enough to have an impact on this exchange.
You can make well-considered and wise decisions, both in simple as well as in difficult circumstances.
Check out your competencies and compare them to others!
Fill out the test and find out how others judge themselves before their volunteer journey, after the muses training and after their volunteer journey.