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Importance Of Volunteer Training In The Volunteering Process

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Written by Sophie Atieno

We talked about the characteristics of a good volunteer in our previous post. However, it is important to understand that other than those individual qualities, there is more required in order for the volunteering process to be successful. Today, we will discuss the importance of volunteer training.

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To maintain consistency during the volunteering process

Whenever you receive a group of volunteers, it is important to give them training so that they handle the different tasks ahead of them in the same way. It is important to give them a similar curriculum and techniques of handling tasks. This will result in the volunteers maintaining consistency in their volunteering whether it’s through how they interact with people, how they use the tools around them and their expectations from the entire process.

It gives volunteers confidence to perform their duties properly

Through volunteer training, the volunteers get a sense of self confidence because they are able to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed in their volunteering mission. The confidence that comes as a result of the training plays a big role in improvement of their satisfaction with the work they have done and it subsequently leads to the growth and success of any organization.

Volunteer training enables assessment of volunteer performance

Volunteer training provides an opportunity for volunteers to be assessed on how well they are doing in their projects against the objectives that were put in place for them during the training process. We are all aware that it is not very easy to determine whether or not someone is doing well when there is nothing for them to compare their performance to.

It gives the volunteers a sense of value

When you take your time to train volunteers, they appreciate the time and effort you put into it. Putting in a great training experience allows the sharing of useful information that will in more than just one way help them achieve what exactly they got into volunteering for. When they feel valued, they also end up putting in more effort and commitment in their different volunteering roles.

It enables volunteers to help without completely taking away the roles of the local people

It is already difficult to find jobs especially in developing countries. The economies are still growing. Imagine what would happen if volunteers came and took up the roles of the local people. That is why it is very important to train volunteers. That way, they will not overstep their boundaries. Through training, they will be able to understand what is required of them in terms of input.

It creates a sense of harmony between the locals and the volunteers

Volunteer training creates an environment that enables the volunteers to learn about the culture of where they will be staying, what the people love, how to be patient with them among others. Once they are familiar with this, the communities will be more receptive towards those volunteering among them.

We at CIVS offer volunteer training for all the volunteers who join us in our different projects. We make it a point to ensure the volunteers are well equipped before they go out to the community. You can always contact us in case of any questions.

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