With its increasing popularity in recent years, volunteering programs have grown more diverse to fit individual needs. There are currently a wide range of volunteer programs to choose from. We have listed a few types with their strength and weaknesses below.
There are several perks for choosing this type of organization:
These types of organizations come with more risk and its hard to find out their strength before you actually meet them. However, the experience can be rewarding if you find well-structured and experienced host. Advantages of local volunteer organizations include:
These organization's goals are focused on serving the public. Although these companies do generate revenue, they do not gain profit from their activities. Organizations such as red-cross and disaster relief organizations fit into this category. Some of the advantages of non-profit organizations include:
Opposite to non-profit organizations, This type of volunteer program is hosted by any normal type of business that operates to gain profit. One strength volunteer programs hosted by for-profit organizations have over non-profits is that you may be able to experience a stronger corporate atmosphere that will prepare you for a real job.
An example of this type of organization would be when a church perform socially responsible acts as a group. Although the works done by these organizations may not strictly pertain to religion, volunteers of an religious - affiliated organization should share the same religious faith as the organization.
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