It’s the responsibility of a volunteer-sending organization to match the skills of a volunteer with the right project or program. But there are questions a volunteer can ask in order to ensure he or she will make the most impact, too.
What programs are being served, and how can your skill set contribute to them in a sustainable way? These are very important first questions to consider, Erin MacLeod, monitoring and evaluation officer for Cuso International, told Devex’s Kate Warren in a recent “Value in Volunteering” Google Hangout.
Some organizations have very short-term projects that don’t require specific technical skills, such as Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Program, for example, while others, like Cuso, recruit volunteers with specific skill sets.