Video #2: Being a Valuable Volunteer

If you are all signed up to a volunteer program, and want to make the most of your time and ensure you are effective in your role, watch this video and use the following prompts for further discussion:

  • We practice “skills” – such as sports, musical instruments and technical skills. Do we need to practice “attitudes” in the same way? What attitudes to you think are needed to be a successful volunteer?
  • What are your values? What has influenced them and how have they evolved over time? Are you open to these values changing?
  • What is cultural relativity? What is the line between cultural appropriateness and cultural imperialism?
  • If you feel your expectations are not being met in your volunteer placement, to what extent can this be changed through reframing? How possible is it to change a situation by changing our own reactions?