In this series of post, I will be sharing tips on how you can become that trusted International volunteer for your grassroots organisation. Volunteers are motivated by different aspirations and these motivators if not handled carefully could hurt the otherwise good relationship between host organisation and the international volunteer.
Tip # 1- Be Clear with your motivation to Volunteer- Most organisations request a motivation statement from prospective volunteers and this is intended to understand the volunteer’s motivation and how that aligns with objective of the hosting organisation. It is incumbent on the volunteer to be clear with their motivation. Over the years, I have noticed a rather striking confusion between internship and volunteering. If your intention is to learn about how a particular activity is done- do apply as an intern. If your participation is based on altruistic motive, apply as volunteer.