WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AS A VOLUNTEER?

When looking for a place to volunteer, how do you know whether a particular organization is likely to provide a positive experience where your abilities will be well utilized? While there are no guarantees, there are some things to look for: • Does the organization have a volunteer job description clearly defining what you will be doing? If not, is the organization’s contact person able to explain to you what you will be doing? • What kind of training/orientation does the organization provide? • Who will be your supervisor? Will that person be easily accessible to you? • Is there enough for you to do? • Will you be working by yourself or with other volunteers? • Where will you work? Does the organization have a workplace for you? • How does the paid staff respond to volunteers?