Volunteering

When fairness is disappearing

Imagine that you are starting in a new job. You sign the contract and you are being trained by the best professionals in the company. After few days or weeks, you however find out that you don’t want to do the job anymore. What will you do?

Most probably you come to the office, you will thank them for their time, explain why the respective job is not for you and you agree on the conclusion of the cooperation. At least these are the basic fairness rules. Only few people don’t return to their work without saying anything and will not communicate about their future destiny anymore. Why do we do this sometimes in the case of volunteering?

Volunteering is not a duty but voluntary commitment

It happens many times that the organisation agrees with a volunteer on a volunteering work. Both parties exactly know what is ahead of them. The volunteer is well trained by the organisation. The training lasts couple of hours or days and cost some money too. The volunteer helps the organisation for a while but after some time he/she breaks off and when he/she is supposed to come he/she doesn’t. The organisation tries to contact him/her but the volunteer is not answering the phone or e-mails. Are the volunteers loosing good manners or they are only scared to admit that they don’t like the respective work? They don’t have enough time or the work is more they are able to manage? If I once agree with an organisation on cooperation I am obliged to fulfil the agreed job.

Communication is the basis

Truth could be on any side nevertheless it is polite to say “Good-bye”. Volunteering is not for everyone. If you find out that you don’t like the volunteering offer and it is simply not for you all it takes is to say it and admit it. No one will judge you for that on the contrary it is very important for the organisation. If they find out that they cannot count on you they can start to look for a new person. Or the organisation is able to offer you other volunteering position which will be perfect for you and the problem will be solved. If you however pretend that you don’t exist the organisation is waiting for you as well as further duties which should have been completed. In this manner you will disappoint not only the organisation but also clients to whom you promised to help.

Also, volunteering is about mutual respect

About mutual respect towards organisation and clients to whom you would like to help. Also, about mutual respect to each other. Let’s admit to ourselves where are our possibilities when we work, study or have other activities whether it concerns time, physical or mental limits. Let’s learn how to politely say NO when we feel that the volunteering offer is not right for us. And above all inform the people who devoted their time to us that they can devote it to someone else.

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Stay fair!
BDC Team

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