Rights & Responsibilities

Right to feel valued -Wherever in the world you go, whatever your volunteer task, you have the right to feel that your time and contribution are valued.

Right to negotiate your volunteer role - Find yourself in a volunteer position that isn’t working for you, you have the right to talk to your volunteer manager or supervisor of ways to shift your role or position

Right to leave - If you still can’t find a good fit you have the right to leave. This isn’t a decision that should be made hastily but, if after talking to and working with your volunteer manager or supervisor, you still feel unhappy, unappreciated, or unsatisfied with your volunteer experience, you do have the right to go volunteer somewhere else.

Responsibility to communicate your needs - Feel like your work isn’t meaningful, Not what you thought you’d signed up for?  Talk to your volunteer manager or supervisor, providing specifics about your dissatisfaction and at least a few suggestions of ways to make it better. If you don’t let them know they can’t work with you to improve the situation.

Responsibility to follow through on your obligations - There’s a myth about volunteers that says they are unreliable. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of flaky volunteers and no-shows who reinforce this negative perception. Help improve the reputation of volunteers worldwide by doing what you say you’ll do,  honoring the volunteer role and schedule, providing ample notice, and serving as a good representative of the organization in the community.

Responsibility to honor the organization’s investment in you - Always remember that while you may be donating your time, you are not a free resource to the organization; they too have invested invaluable time, probably, training, tools, and other resources to having you there as a volunteer. Be sure to keep this commitment in mind.

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