Perfect Volunteering Recipe-Version 2.0

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

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4 thoughts on “Perfect Volunteering Recipe-Version 2.0

  1. Rahul I believe this would be one of the programmes of iVolunteer, a Fellowship programme????
    Liked the flow of the project… Liked mentioned in previous note we would need to be prepared with both success and failures… Last month when I was in WOTR, for a week to do some training, I sensed that there are times when volunteer gets fully involved in project and is in the peak stage and jaane ka time ajaata hai and project is left incomplete which affects negatively on the NGO so suggest to keep this in mind while structuring the same… This was the experience they had shared wrt few fellowship projects…

  2. I feel that perhaps there is another take that may be possible here. Starting backward as it were. Ask the host organisation what the perfect volunteer would be for them and how much they would be willing to get “one”. Then to go out there and use your database (from the types of conversations that you start using your approach) to “sketch” the composite and produce for the NGO a team of part-timers that fit into their ideal.

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