Skills Certification Program for Young Volunteers (Video)
Juan Angel Poyatos, Voluntariado y Estrategia
One of the key elements in volunteer engagement is the recognition given to volunteers. Recognition is a way of thanking volunteers for their work, but it is also a tool to integrate and motivate them to continue participating and getting involved in solidarity actions carried out by volunteering organizations. How can you reward work with an element that young volunteers can especially value? Through formally recognizing the learning attained by volunteering. Many people, in their actions as volunteers, have learned, developed and consolidated multiple skills of great value for society, international organizations, NGOs and companies. Initiative, responsibility, leadership, team work and the ability to successfully communicate are some of the skills that we often find in people that opt for volunteer work. Being exposed to and interacting with very different people helps to develop one’s capacity for mutual understanding and empathy, achieving intercultural competencies, knowledge and skills. This makes it possible to interrelate effectively and appropriately with other people that are linguistically and culturally different, which is an essential trait in today’s society and global economy. In this panel, I will explain how to identify and recognize the skills that young volunteers develop through their volunteering. I will do so by explaining the methodology we have designed and implemented for United Nation Volunteers. All of this constitutes a very effective approach to recognizing the work of volunteers, greatly increasing their engagement and accelerating their ability to change the world.