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Here Are Challenges Volunteer Managers Face

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Category: Blog
Written by Sophie Atieno

We hope from our last post you are encouraged to volunteer in Kenya. The role of a volunteer manager can definitely not be overlooked. They are responsible for the running of the different volunteer projects. However, there are many challenges that come with the job. Here are some challenges volunteer managers face.

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Recruitment of volunteers

The work of a volunteer manager is a lot and one of their roles is to recruit volunteers. While there are more and more people willing to volunteer every now and then in different project, the number is usually never enough. Sometimes during the recruitment process, a challenge volunteer managers face is finding dedicated volunteers who will work passionately. During some seasons, volunteer managers in the volunteer tourism sector find it challenging to get volunteers from different countries as their travel is often seasonal just like normal tourism.

Inspiring volunteers on a daily basis

Another challenge volunteer managers face is being an inspiration to the volunteers on a daily basis. Sometimes when you have volunteers under you who are from different countries, they may end up facing certain challenges. These challenges e.g. homesickness or illnesses could demoralize the volunteers in their work and helping them get back on their feet is not easy. Sometimes the volunteer manager may get the volunteers up and active but they still remain reluctant to take up leadership or initiative in their different volunteer groups.

Creating a connection between the old volunteers’ work and the new ones

It is inevitable that upon the end of a volunteer’s term serving in a given project, they will have to leave. When they leave, a challenge the volunteer manager could face is in the transition bit. They often have to find a way to connect the new volunteers to the communities or projects that were being handled and were left by the departed volunteers. It sometimes takes a while for the new volunteers to learn or for the communities to fully get used to the new volunteers.

Getting sponsorship for the volunteer projects

In some cases it is upto the volunteer managers to seek funding for the various projects they work with. They are required to get into board rooms, approach companies, churches, government and other authorities to acquire this. However they may not always be successful in getting the support or sponsorship which could pose a big challenge to volunteer projects. It is generally very difficult to get people to step up to the plate when they will get no monetary value in return.

Volunteer retention

While it is very important to get new volunteers, it is even more important to retain the ones you already have. It is more important to have the volunteers you have already worked with before come back to do more in the community. Another challenge volunteer managers face therefore is in volunteer retention. Being able to retain volunteers is important because it shows faith in your organization and the volunteers are able to give great reviews on your volunteer organizations or projects.

We hope this post has given you some insight on the challenges volunteer managers face daily.

In case you would like to participate in volunteer activities, contact us at CIVS Kenya and we will take you through the entire process from the start to the end.