Volunteer Travel Self-Assessment

Volunteer Travel Self-Assessment

There are no right or wrong answers…

this survey is designed to get you thinking about what is motivating you to travel to do good, as well as explore what volunteer travel options what might work best for you.

How do you like to travel to do good during your volunteer travel experience?  What appeals to you most?

What are the “must have’s” in your suitcase?
A – Jeans, gloves and boots
B – Sunscreen, bug repellent and band-aids
C – Change of dress clothes, toiletries and hand sanitizer
D – Laptop, MP3 player and leisure reading

How important is a shower to you?
A – Could really care less
B – Warm water or not, it’d be nice
C – Was hoping to get a warm one every few days
D – Warm, daily, and no exceptions

On eating local food…
A – Bring it on!
B – I’m up for trying anything once
C – I’ll need to have a look at it first
D – I was kind of hoping there was a burger-joint close

It starts to rain and your work site turns into a mud-pit, you
A – Have a laugh and am as happy as a pig in, well, mud.
B – Clean up the site and help people get under shelter
C – Start thinking about your change of clothes.
D – Time to go

Answer Key:
Mostly As – Budget travel – dormitory style living – very very flexible – creature comforts not so important
Mostly Bs – Budget  traveler at its best – would be open to in home accommodations
Mostly Cs – 2-3 star hotel experience – some of the creature comforts are needed
Mostly Ds – 4 star Volunteer travel is an option, but be sure to check that your destination/accommodations has the creature comforts of home
What type of project is best, in terms of your emotional threshold?

I would be able to work with very sick individuals

A- Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D- Disagree

I would be able to work in very under resourced; and under-developed communities

A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree

I would be able to work with children in an orphanage or medical capacity.

A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree

I am alright with not seeing the end result of my work knowing that even the most minuscule contribution is valuable.

A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree

What is your motivation for volunteering?

I’m eager to give back (time, talent or treasure)

A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree

I’d like to utilize a particular skill set of mine on the project.
A- Strongly agree
B- Generally agree
C- Not necessarily
D- Disagree

I’d like to work on an established project and be given direction as opposed to working “on the fly.”
A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree

I’m interested in learning and immersing myself in the culture
A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree

I will be alright financially during and after my project.
A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree

I don’t need to find friends to go on the project with me – I’m sure I’ll make some there.
A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree
 
I am willing to take the time to discuss this with my support system before making my final decision

A – Strongly agree
B – Generally agree
C – Not necessarily
D – Disagree

Answer Key:
Mostly As – You’re ready – start your planning
Mostly Bs – You’re pretty much there; take however much additional time you need to make this happen
Mostly Cs – You sound like you’re about 50-50.  Open up this conversation with your family and peers.
Mostly Ds – You may want to continue your research

What is the most valuable skill set you think you bring to the project?
A – I am physically capable of performing various forms of manual labor
B – I have experience working with either sick or injured people
C – I work well in groups and am able to learn quickly
D – I enjoy working with people, and am generally very patient

What segment of the population would benefit the most from your experience?
A – I enjoy working with children and teens
B – Working with adults
C – Working with the elderly
D – I enjoy developing others

How would you deem your experience a success?
A – I would like to see a project through to completion, and know that when I left, the job was done.
B – Knowing that I helped improve the well-being of someone’s life
C – Seeing the smiles on the faces of the community as you leave
D – If I can help lay a foundation for a community to build on, the experience was worth it

Personally, how important is it for you to work with other volunteers?
A – I enjoy working on teams, and believe that more volunteers would bring more resources and I would enjoy my experience more.
B – Working with other volunteers is good, if they are on the project to work first and be social second.
C – I think working in a group would bring a good energy and dynamic to the project
D – It’s not important at all.  I am there for the community, not for myself.

Answer Key:

Mostly As – then consider building projects.
Mostly Bs – then maybe health work is for you.
Mostly Cs – try community development.
Mostly Ds – try teaching.

If you answered the same amount of each, then you need to go on several trips!

 

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