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Course 3 chapter 2

1) All of the following are questions a volunteer should consider, before initiating a project or activity, except for one. Which one?

2) In some communities, it is considered polite to give socially desirable answers to volunteers when volunteers request feedback on their performance at the project/s.

3) When providing suggestions to the local community on the handling of some community-based issues, how the community feels about it should be secondary. What I feel about it is the most important. 

Course 1 chapter 1

1. Motivations

The following are reasons why it is important to know your own motivation for volunteering, except for one. Which one?
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 at the local market, I will be helping 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 helping 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, is a pull factor for volunteering? 

Course 3 chapter 1

1. Dealing with difficult situations 

What does the traffic light represent?
2. All of the following are activities which volunteers can do when faced with a situation that changes their state of mind, except for one. Which one? 
3. In which phase of the traffic light should you take action?

Course 2 chapter 3

1. Defining sustainability 

Which of the following definitions best describe sustainability?

2. Achieving sustainability
All of the following can be done to achieve sustainable development, except for one. Which one?

3. Practicing sustainability 

State whether the following statements contribute to sustainability or not by selecting yes or no.

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 support local entrepreneurs."
B. 'The educational lessons I plan for the local schools ensure that skills and knowledge will be passed on to the community."
C. "The materials I use for the local projects are usually environmentally friendly."
D. "As part of my volunteer work, I am building houses. I teach the locals in the community the building code which is deemed safe for their community."
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Course 2 chapter 2

1. The importance of avoiding attachment. 


"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 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 they were often sad when I left the orphanage to go to my apartment"

Based on the story above, is it likely that the children who the volunteer became close to, would 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. Avoiding attachment 

All of the following are ways in which volunteers can avoid becoming too attached to children, except for one. Which one?

Course 2 chapter 1

1. Culture 

The condition where you return to your home country and find it difficult to settle in and difficult to readjust to your local culture is called;
All of the following can be associated with cultural differences, except for one. Which one?
In some cultures eye contact can be seen as disrespectful, not showing interest, and being cheeky.
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

1. Types of volunteers

Read the text and then answer the question.

"Whenever I travel abroad for volunteer work, I find out which bars are the best, in the community where 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 volunteer work, most of my time is spent having fun"

What type of volunteer am I?
I am doing voluntary work so I can build my CV. What type of volunteer am I?
When doing voluntary work abroad, I would usually bring toys and school supplies for the children in the local community. 

What type of volunteer am I?
2. Open, honest, and interested. 

Read the quote of a volunteer and answer the question:
"I tend to judge the people in the community in which I am doing my volunteer work"

Is that part of being open, honest, and interested?
Read the quote from a project coordinator and answer the question:
"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 arrange this. Volunteers get angry with me, I do not like that. I would rather have them ask why this is the case, then I can explain it to them."

Are the volunteers in this example being open, honest and interested?

Course 1 chapter 3

1. Competences 


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

1. Professional background. 

All of the following reasons make it important to know my skills and professional background, except for one. Which one?
2. Skills and professional background at work. 

Read the following and answer the question that 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 the 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 community hospital"

Which type of projects 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 Chapter 1

Welcome to your Course 1 Chapter 1

1. Motivations


Do you remember? Which of the following are reasons why it is 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 at the local market, I will be helping 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 helping 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, is a pull factor for volunteering?