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Course 3 – Chapter 1

Welcome to your Course 3 - Chapter 1

1. Dealing with difficult situations 

The traffic lights represent the state of mind only before and after an event occurs.
2. All of the following are activities which volunteers can do when faced with a bad situation except;
3. Read the following and select which phase of the traffic light is the volunteer on.

“Yesterday, while shopping at the local “veggie” market, I lost my wallet which has all of my identification cards in it along with some US dollars which I use to obtain food and other supplies. I spoke with some of the local vendors from whom I bought supplies earlier on in the day, however, they all seem to be unaware about the where-about of my wallet. I have informed the local police about the situation and I have also informed my bank at home about the situation”

Based on the scenario above, which stage of the traffic light is the volunteer presently on?

Course 2 – Chapter 3

Welcome to your Course 2 - Chapter 3

1. Defining sustainability 

Which of the following definitions best describe sustainability?
2. Achieving sustainability

All of the following can be adapted to achieve sustainable development except;
3. Practicing sustainability

State whether the following statements constitutes to sustainability or not by selecting true or false.

A.“Whenever I travel abroad for voluntary work, I always choose to buy the materials for my projects at the local shops. This way I provide support local entrepreneurs.” 
B. “The educational lessons I plan for the local school ensures that skills and knowledge be passed down to the community.”
C. “The materials I use for the local projects are usually environmentally friendly.”
D. “As part of my voluntary work, I teach the locals in the community the building code which is deemed safe for their community.”

Course 2 – Chapter 2

Welcome to your Course 2 - Chapter 2

1. The importance of avoiding attachment. 

Read the following and answer the question which follows. 

“Last year I volunteered at an orphanage in South Africa. While at the orphanage I had the opportunity of working along with the local workers to take care of the children. On most days, I would help the children with their school work or I would do house chores. There are two children who lost their parents at a very young age, so I took it upon myself to spend a lot of time with them. They called me their mother and it often got sad when I left the orphanage for my apartment” 

Based on the above story, is it likely that the children which the volunteer became close with, will develop an attachment disorder?

2. Attachment disorder. 

When a child is showing claiming behaviour or evasive behaviour, it could mean that the child is insecurely attached. This in turn can lead to attachment disorder.
3. All of the following are ways in which volunteers can avoid becoming too attached to children except:

Course 2 – Chapter 1

Welcome to your Course 2 - Chapter 1

1. The condition where one returns to their home country and finds it difficult to settle in and difficult  to readjust to the local culture is called; 
2. All of the following can be associated with cultural differences except; 
3. In some cultures eye contact can be seen as disrespectful, not showing interest, and cheeky.
4. Because I am aware of my norms and values and I have an open attitude towards the norms and values of others, it makes it easier for me to adapt to different cultures.

Course 1 – Chapter 4

Welcome to your Course 1 - Chapter 4

1. Read the following and answer the question which follows. 

“Whenever I travel abroad for voluntary work, I find out what are the best bars and cafes in the community I am volunteering. On the weekends I would go to the clubs and festivals with the local residents from the community. Although I came to do voluntary work, most of my time is spent having fun and going to a lot of parties with the residents” 

What type of volunteer am I? 

2. I am doing voluntary work so I can build my CV. What type of volunteer am I
3. When doing voluntary work abroad, I usually would bring toys and school supplies for the children in the local community. What type of volunteer am I?
4. “I tend to judge the people in the community in which I am doing my voluntary work.”  Is that part of being open, honest and interested? 
5. “I find it difficult when the volunteers ask me to do more for the children. They want more staff and more facilities. Unfortunately, we cannot always arrange this. Some volunteers get angry with me, I don't like that. I would rather have them ask why this is the case, then I can explain it to them." 

Is the volunteer in this example being open, honest and interested?

Course 1 – Chapter 3

Welcome to your Course 1 - Chapter 3

1. Competences 

Read the definition and choose the best answer

The quality of being able to be trusted or believed because of working or behaving well can be best described as;

People working together with commonly agreed upon goals and possible methods, instead of working separately to achieve the goal. In its simplest form it involves things working in harmony. This best describes; 

An eager wish to know or learn about something. It speaks to the state of being curious: wondering, ready to poke around and figure out new things speaks to which strength;
2. Strengths and Weaknesses

Read the statement and give the right answer

Being direct, determined, and precise in one culture can be seen as a good thing. While in another culture it can be seen as being rude. 

Standing up for yourself is always seen as a good thing in every culture.

Course 1 – Chapter 2

Welcome to your Course 1 - Chapter 2

1. Professional background. 

All of the following reasons make it important to know your skills and professional background except;
2. Skills and professional background at work

Read the following and answer the question which follows.
“At a very young age I developed a passion for helping others. After finishing high school, I went to Victoria medical school where I spent the next seven (7) years preparing to be A doctor. As part of my education at Victoria medical school, I spent two days per week at the local hospital assisting the doctors and nurses. Additionally, I have completed a course in social work at the local college in my community. Because of my professional background, I am now going to Ghana to assist at the local communities. 

Which type of project/s would be best suitable for this volunteer?

3. Knowing your skills and professional background

Read the following approaches  to volunteering and state which one is the better approach. 

Course 1 Welcome

How important do you think it is to get well prepared for your volunteer work?

Course 1 – Chapter 1

1. Motivations

Do you remember? Which of the following are reasons why it's important to know your own motivation for volunteering?
2. Hedonistic or Altruistic

Please check whether we're dealing with an altruistic or a hedonistic volunteer in the following statements:

"It's great that I will be volunteering in December. It is winter at that moment in my country, but summer in South Africa!"
"If I stay with a host family and try to buy my fruits on the local market, I will help the local economy as well!"
"Probably I will have a lot of spare time during my working week. I'm gonna look for other opportunities to be meaningful for the community."
"I'm really looking forward to help local nurses with their daily activities."
"Great that I've received the lonely planet from my friend. Really looking forward to the weekends!"
3. Push and Pull factors

Read the story of Luc and answer the question below:

"Hi! I’m Luc, and I am going to South-Africa for 2 months to teach English at a local school. I want to go abroad for a while to escape the busy lifestyle that I’m used to. I chose to go to South Africa because I would love to get to know the local culture. I also hope to meet new friends over there. I’ve heard that the school where I’ll be volunteering has a lack of resources and a shortage of teachers. They can really use my help there. That’s why I chose this project! I’m a teacher in my home country and I already have plenty of ideas on how to work with the students. I hope I can teach them a lot and pass my ideas on to the local teachers, so they can continue with the ideas when I leave. I really want to be of great help to them!

Luc shared his volunteering plans. Which of the following motivations he gave, are pull factors for volunteering?


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Wat is je belangrijkste motivatie?
Wat zijn voorbeelden van push-factoren?
Wat is een vervolgkeuze?
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Wat is leuk?