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Here Are Some Characteristics Of A Good Volunteer

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Written by Sophie Atieno

In our last blog post, we talked about five great places to volunteer. Today, we would like to talk about the characteristics of a good volunteer .

There is a lot more to volunteering that meets the eye. It is not easy, especially if you are going to be volunteering away from home, in a far away country. It really isn’t for the faint hearted. Remember, it requires you to give your time and energy in service to people for absolutely no pay or reward. It is a fulfillingexperience.

 

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Strong Leadership Skills

As a volunteer, you will be looked upon by the members of the community in which you live during the period of volunteering. As such, you will be required to set a good example. You will find yourself having to delegate tasks or let go of others confidently. You might also find yourself having to take up more tasks than you imagined.

Great Communication Skills

Another characteristic of a good volunteer is great communication skills. Remember that throughout the volunteering process you might have to work with people who are different from you. For that reason, it is important to learn how to listen to other people’s points of view and to effectively communicate yours without imposing on the people.

Passionate

The moment you align your passion with volunteering, you will be able to achieve a lot more in your cause. Whenever you’re passionate about what you do, your work will have the biggest impact. Passion will inspire even other people and also get them excited about working with you during your time in their community.

Respect

Volunteers do not judge. Instead you as a volunteer are supposed to take your time to understand everyone you interact with in the process of volunteering. To make a good volunteer, you need to respect the individuals and their needs.

Committed

Another thing that makes a good volunteer is commitment to their work. It usually takes time to start any project or task. So you should make sure that when you sign up for any volunteer work, you are ready to follow through with it to the end. Remember that the people in these communities are counting on you. Whether you choose a long term or short term project, make sure you work hard and leave a lasting impact.

Appreciative

A good volunteer should always appreciate the work of others. Giving regular feedback to people who you work with is important. You can always do it on a one on one basis or even in a group. Just remember that doing this makes people feel valued.

Selfless

The whole concept of volunteering revolves around selflessness. You have to give your time in order to help the people you are with. Selflessness is very rewarding because through it you get a sense of fulfillment.

Energetic

A good volunteer should be energetic and enthusiastic about the cause they have chosen. That way, your energy will rub off on others around you and they will feel motivated.

So, before you embark on the volunteering journey, assess yourself. Ask yourself if you have the characteristics required of a volunteer. It’s best to know yourself well because you do not want to be disappointed or to disappoint others.

In case you have any questions regarding the characteristics of a good volunteer and how you can get into it you can always contact CIVS Kenya for more details. We will be glad to take you through the process and will be with you throughout the entire journey.