A structured program reveals to students the various aspects of volunteering and creates a holistic view for community involvement.
Here are some considerations for organising a structured volunteering program:
- Ensure there is a diversity of volunteering experiences and activities.
- Encourage students to reflect on their volunteering by thinking about the lessons learned and important takeaways from each stage of the program.
Who has done it?
- Volunteering Queensland
- Through their Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI) Queensland Secondary Schools, Special Schools and Alternate Training Programs can offer their Year 11 and 12 students the chance to undertake a nationally recognised CHC14015 Certificate I in Active volunteering, CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering, or CHC34015 Certificate III in Active volunteering. Students gain credit points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and develop valuable workplace knowledge and employability skills in a volunteer placement at a local nonprofit of their choice.
- Bayview College
- Bayview College Year 9 students focus on community involvement through their Circle Program, which takes students out of the classroom every second Tuesday in a holistic approach to personal, spiritual and academic growth. In the afternoons during the 8 week program, the students rotate between four organisations, providing them with different aspects of volunteering. “Our Year 9 students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the importance of giving back to the Portland and district community. They will gain an insight through a diverse range of guest speakers into the importance of community involvement,” said Mrs Leah Kelly, Deputy Principal and Coordinator of the Circle Program. The program provides an "excellent opportunity for students to expand their skill base, talk to people outside their peer group, improve their local environment, and contribute in a positive way."
Do you run a successful structured volunteering program?