Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback on the perfect volunteering recipe. I guess it will take a few iterations to actually get to something that is close to what we want to do here. A lot of people asked me for details as to how it will work. So in order to add some more meat to the bone we decided to think through the whole thing as a series of steps.
Step 1: A potential applicant approaches us with some idea ( or no clear idea) of what he/she wants to do. We engage with him over a series of conversations ( almost like coaching/ mentoring sessions) to arrive at something which is concrete. Next, the applicant writes a statement of purpose of joining this program and a time frame. Though there is no strictly defined time frame we will encouage a 6 month window.
Step 2: Go or No Go decision
Step 3: Identify a host ( or a host organisation) for the applicant (In discussion with the applicant). Brief boot camp with fellow participants and then send off the participant to the host. Discuss the one deliverable that is needed from the fellow – A weekly blog on what they are sensing, experiencing, experimenting etc etc.
Step 4: Identify a mentor that the fellow can talk to on need basis. Make the connection. Re-iterate that the participants have to reach out to the mentor
Step 5: Read their blogs, iron out any problems that might come up. If possible visit some of them, engage, challenge and sit back and relax.
Step 6: At the end of their program bring all the participants together and share experiences