Volunteer Best Practices
Here are some invaluable lessons that we have learnt along our journey in volunteering.
LESSON 1. Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
It is IMPORTANT that our volunteering actions do not have a negative impact on the rights and dignity of others in the community. AND we cannot stress enough the importance of respecting and embrace different culture and background of all involved!
Lesson 2. DRESS APPROPRIATELY
We always ask our volunteers to dress appropriately - light weight comfortable clothing but no short shorts (or skirts) and definitely no revealing outfits. How we dress is a form of our respect for the beneficiaries whom we serve.
LESSOn 3. NO PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
Treat all beneficiaries fairly and equally. For example, in a group setting, if you want to buy goodies for your buddy, buy goodies for all beneficiaries. Similarly, if you want to carry one child (if he/she is tired during the outing), have enough strength to carry all his/her friends too!
LESSON 4. RESPECT THEIR PRIVACY
Strictly NO public posting of photographs or videos with/of your beneficiaries without their permission! And even when they give you their blessings, be mindful of the message that you share with your friends! Simply put - treat your beneficiary the same way you would like to be treated!
LESSON 5. Take proactive initiative
Each volunteering experience is highly dependent on how we as volunteers want to shape it. It's your choice really - (1) we can act as silent chaperones when accompanying our beneficiaries OR (2) overcome our initial shyness and engage them in a fun conversation!