Guidelines - Responsible Exchange and Volunteering 2018

Plan – do you have a suitably well considered and detailed plan to deliver responsible experiences that exemplify best practice? Legal – is your organisation compliant and protected to undertake the responsibilities of hosting or sending participants on exchange and volunteering experiences? Equipped and Resourced – have you considered the implications on your organisational capacity and human resources to engage as an exchange practitioner? The “Package” – to meet the roles and responsibilities attached to volunteering and exchange, you must have a holistic and comprehensive “package” that considers and delivers to pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities. For each of these, your organisation will undertake a series of actions and shoulder a set of responsibilities in order to deliver quality experiences that are life enriching.

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900, Irish playwright, poet and writer)

GUIDELINES FOR PRACTITIONERS – Good Practice, Responsible Exchange & volunteering provides a structured and relatively detailed tool kit designed to support practitioners in the exchange landscape. The purpose of the guidelines is to facilitate increased quality of experience in how organisations think about and deliver on exchange and volunteering. Drawing on the guidelines to improve your position and practice in the exchange and volunteering sector is voluntary. The guidelines are the output of a collaborative exercise which included input from civil society exchange practitioners, NGOs, quality management organisations and the South African government.

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