The Role of a Volunteer
Volunteering is a personal commitment
to help the less fortunate in our society. This commitment means a sacrifice of
time and energy.
In doing volunteer work, we begin to appreciate what we have,
whether in terms of our physical or material well-being. We also learn that it
is our responsibility to live and contribute to
our fullest potential. Being a volunteer, you may share your valuable
experience with your family and friends so that they understand more about the
less fortunate ones in this world.
Last but not least, be a volunteer for your own reasons and enjoy
every bit of it.
are the characteristics of a responsible volunteer?
A responsible volunteer is one who :
- is able
to set his own objectives in voluntary work and priorities in life
- knows the
amount of time he can realistically commit himself to do voluntary work
- takes on
only the number of duties that he can manage effectively to prevent
- plans and
carries out the group programmes with full commitment
regular feedback and works as a team
- informs his fellow volunteers/group leader in advance when he
would be absent and ensures that the group programme would carry on smoothly
during his absence
are some dos and don'ts for volunteering?
trainees with a positive model of appropriate behaviour and skills
willing to interact with trainees
regular and punctual for weekly activities
encourage a frustrated trainee to relieve stress through pointless activities
share plates, forks, spoons and cups with trainees as they have lower body
resistance and are prone to illnesses
assume that a trainee has understood your oral directions or instructions just
because he did not ask any questions
are some tips and pointers on working on PWIDs?
- Think of
what you want them to learn before
you give any command. Directions must be clear and extremely simple.
his attention by
calling their names and establishing eye contact.
tasks within their abilities.
down the task into
rather than tell them how
to do a task.
- Work on
one thing at a time.
- Try to
have each task completed as
finishing the job keeps interest, gives pride and creates good work habits.
supervising them while
allowing them to do as much as possible for themselves
- Give positive reinforcers e.g. a
praise on a tap on the shoulder when a task is done well or a good attempt has
- Be very
they may not readily carry over ideas from one situation to another, thus we
usually have to treat each situation individually
- Be firm to
them. Do not let them manipulate you.
- Have faith in them regardless
of their capabilities.