To become a volunteer, you must understand what it is you want to do with your time and what special skills or talents you have to offer. Deciding on a volunteer position that’s right for you can be difficult. Use the following hints to help ensure your success as a volunteer:
Assess your skills - Determine what skills you have and what skills you want to develop. For example, communication, leadership or creative skills can be important factors in deciding what type of volunteer opportunity is a wise choice for you.
Be honest about what you like to do - Find a volunteer opportunity that best suits what you want to do with your time. You will want to look for something that is both enjoyable and challenging. You want to feel good about yourself through your volunteer work.
Be realistic about your time - Design your volunteer experience. Decide how much time a week you are willing to give to an organization. Choose a volunteer position that best fits your needs.
Submit an application - Applying for a position after you make all of your decisions is one of the most exciting steps. Make sure during your volunteer interview that you ask the organization what your duties will be, if you will be supervised, the number of hours required the work environment and how you will be able to use your own skills.
Assessment – Remember to assess the volunteer opportunity every few months to ensure that both you and the organization are happy with your placement.