Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2015

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2015

This week 1st -7th June volunteering is being celebrated across the country.  Volunteers’ Week aims recognise the invaluable contributions of millions of volunteers across the UK and raise awareness of the value and impact of volunteering on our lives and the society. As a genuine youth-led, user led International Institute our volunteers are at the heart of our work and we would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to our work and support us on a daily basis to create a fairer and more inclusive society where everyone has a chance to be heard. To celebrate volunteers’ week we share the thoughts and the experiences of our intern Gabe Sanders the last three months at IARS. “When monetary compensation is taken out of the equation in the decision to work at an NGO or community organization, a volunteer’s contribution and return on the time and effort put into his or her work appreciate in value greatly. Focus turns to questions like, “What can I contribute today?” and “What can I learn from this experience?” Volunteering at an NGO like the IARS International Institute evoked just such questions, and answered them in a new way every day during my time working there. That being said, my interview before beginning work at Independent Academic Research Studies did not go as I thought it would; it went far better. After nearly an hour and a half of discussing the NGO’s needs and what I could offer, the Communications Manager  and I arrived at a sort of harmonious understanding that could not...