“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” Erma Bombeck

Volunteering is a community-wide activity, carried out by a volunteer. The terms of the volunteering are agreed between the volunteer and the organizer.

Becoming a Volunteer – intended for every person of good will, disposed and able to dedicate some of their time, energy, knowledge and talents to public interest.

Organizers of volunteering can be charities and support foundations, budgetary institutions, associations, public bodies, religious communities, associations and religious centers, branches of international public organizations, political parties, trade unions and other non-profit organizations (non-exhaustive list).

The importance of volunteering is special due to its contribution to the well-being of society, the strengthening of social links, and the involvement of citizens with an active participation in society or in the local community.

Volunteering is open to people of all ages and social backgrounds. It opens up opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender, age race, beliefs. It is a place where you can challenge yourself in different areas, overcome new challenges, build new relationships and maybe even start a career or find your way.

Volunteering is an activity that is not financially rewarded, but is beneficial to society and brings you experience, recognition and empowerment. It's a way to explore some favorite activities, spend time productively, or lay the groundwork for your career.

Volunteers are working in a variety of fields: sports, culture, social affairs, health, education, youth, environmental protection, development cooperation, etc. They work in a variety of approaches: they participate in charitable activities, organize mutual aid in self-help groups, help protecting the public interest and dealing with the effects of natural disasters, and participate in religious activities.

Forms of voluntary activity:

  • Short-term volunteering - when a volunteer contributes to a result-oriented action or task that does not require a long-term commitment
  • Long-term volunteering - when a volunteer engages in an organization for a longer period (e.g. more than 3 months) and participates more or less regularly
  • Voluntary service with a pre-defined volunteering period, clearly defined objectives, content, tasks, organization arrangements, as well as legal and social security aspects of the volunteer.

Most of volunteers work a few hours each working day, attend preparation and self-education courses run by the organization, and receive evidence of their volunteering experience and competences.

Volunteering opportunities in Lithuania:

Volunteering opportunities abroad:

More about volunteering:

·         https://www.ldb.co.uk/Information/Tips/TipsFinding Jobs / Pages / YourSorry.aspx

·         The Lithuanian legislation related to Volunteering can be found here.

Source: https://uzt.lt//savanorystes-galimybes/

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