Summary: A volunteer is someone who voluntarily offers to do a service himself/herself, normally without pay. They can help out in shelters, orphanages, homes for the aged and the like. There are also people who volunteer for church activities, volunteer work to raise money to fight a certain disease, volunteer to rescue animals, and even volunteer firefighters. Most of these people have day jobs but help and do volunteer work whenever they can.
Duties: A volunteer’s main objective is to be able to help the cause they picked out. They help plan out activities and rescue missions then make sure there is a follow through. They help invite other volunteers as well. They are in charge of funds. They help raise it, as well as device a strategy on how to spend it wisely.
There are different kinds of volunteer work. Community volunteers are the people who look after the welfare of well, the community. They raise funds to design a safe place for the children to play in. They also make sure that the garbage is collected on time. They are the ones who usually go door-to-door and explain why we have to segregate our garbage. Because of them, our communities are better places. Teaching projects in underprivileged communities (in other countries) help the locals be more productive citizens. Volunteers can teach them how to read and write English and other subjects, or teach them to make something that they can turn into a living. Fundraising projects are often made for church activities and for fighting a cause like cancer and other illnesses. Animal rescue missions are done by volunteers usually when there is a fire. But they also make sure that these orphaned animals go to good homes as well.
Education and Training Requirements: Volunteer work is usually not restricted to just people of the right age, but they usually want someone who is at least 20 for the harder programs, or programs wherein you need to fly out of the country. Other programs such as fundraising and youth camps usually don’t ask for a person’s credentials.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements: A volunteer should be disciplined, socially and environmentally conscious, and hardworking. They must be able to speak to a wide range of people from all classes.
Working Conditions: A volunteer’s working hours vary depending on the cause. Some work at least 40 hours a week, others can put in just 1 hour a day. They are usually out in centers and around people.
Salary: The average salary for a volunteer is $49,000 annually. Their average salary is dictated by its industry and location. It differs per company. Usually, the more experience you have, the higher the salary and the more benefits you receive.