Volunteer Management Workshop, 17th IAVE World Volunteer Conference
Project at a glance
Dates and Place14 November 2002, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
International Association for Volunteer Effort, International Conference Volunteers
Volunteer Project Managers, Volunteers, Government Representatives, Conference and Event Organizers
In a globalizing world, international volunteering has become increasingly popular in the last few years. It also has become clear that, when launching and coordinating an international project, the often-used "top-down" approach is not always the most effective. Through the crossroads of international volunteering, people from the South and the North can learn a lot from each other by exchanging ideas and know-how. When volunteering for a cause or a particular topic such as human rights, peace and/or international cooperation, volunteers get a chance to learn about current global issues. With new ways of volunteering, new challenges appear, both for the volunteer project managers and the volunteers.
In the first part of our presentation, we looked at the following stages of project realization:
The second part of the workshop provided participants with the opportunity to brainstorm in small groups on how to address some of the challenges related to international volunteering. The proposed themes included: volunteer recruitment and media; selection process of international volunteers; integration of international volunteers into a volunteer team; relation between paid staff of a project and volunteers; volunteer motivation and burn out; volunteer training and skills building; evaluation process for volunteers; cultural and linguistic differences among international volunteers.
Posted: 2002-11-20 Updated: 2006-5-29