Volunteers around the world are driven by a single purpose: to leave the world in a better place than they found it.
OUR VOLUNTEERS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Here are some guidelines and inspiring words on how we would like you to approach your time with us.
1. Be Fearless
To be a volunteer requires a lot of courage. You may need to push yourself far from your comfort zone and adjust to a new cultures, languages and people. Volunteering also requires you to come face-to-face with many harsh realities of the world. You will be meeting children who have experienced unimaginable pain, women trying to rebuild their lives after trauma and even people who have faced inhumane cruelty. As a volunteer, you need to be fearless and put their needs before your own emotions.
2. Discover Infinite Patience
A bottomless reservoir of patience and tenacity are crucial skills of a volunteer. When you first decide to volunteer, you might have big dreams about bringing about a revolutionary change with your work. However, when you actually start working, the realities of the situation begin to creep in. Not everything moves as quickly as you’d like and more often than not, things don’t fall into place as easily as you’d expect. But if you’re serious about bringing about change as a volunteer, you need to be patient and stick it out. If things don’t go your way (and most times, they won’t), never stop persisting.
3. Think Creatively
A good volunteer takes instructions and executes them. A great volunteer doesn’t just do their work perfectly, but also finds newer, better ways of getting it done. As a volunteer, there will be many times where you are faced with complex situations, which require novel solutions to maneuver through. Often with Charities, there is usually a scarcity of resources due to lack of funds. In these situations, volunteers need to be resourceful to overcome these obstacles. An ability to think creatively and bring innovative ideas to the table are highly valuable skills for a volunteer.
4. Eager to Take Initiative
Most Charities have too much work and too few people to handle it. Your supervisors will probably be too busy to guide you every single day. This is why, once you familiarise yourself with the work, it’s important that you start taking initiative and become more proactive about your duties. Instead of looking to your supervisor for direction, identify what needs to be done and start working on it yourself. This way, volunteering will help you develop a strong work ethic which can become extremely useful later.
5. Stay Humble
When you begin volunteering, it’s important that you remember you’re there to help, not to prove yourself. Volunteering requires you to be selfless and focus only on how you can create a meaningful impact. Great volunteers understand this and are eager to do everything possible to bring about a positive change. When you are working as a volunteer, it’s important to stay humble about your past accomplishments and skills.
6. Driven by Passion
When nothing seems to be going well and the situation looks dire, the one thing that keeps a great volunteer going is genuine passion for their work. Many of the duties you will be carrying out when you’re volunteering will be day-to-day admin tasks. Passion can help you stop looking at this work as drudgery and instead, as important duties that keep the organisation running smoothly. Volunteers in Harapan are making a huge difference fuelled by their passion to create an impact.
7. Work In Teams
Volunteering is about working towards something bigger than yourself. Great volunteers distance themselves from petty fights and politics because they’re focused on more important things. When you start volunteering, there will be many projects where you will have to work with a team. Even if personal differences arise, you need to recognise that every member brings a special set of skills to the table and is important. What you can accomplish as part of a team will always be greater than what you would be able to on your own. Learning the art of teamwork will be one of the biggest lessons you can learn from volunteering.