Rights and duties of volunteers

Rights and Duties of Volunteers


Basic guidelines and minimal standards, which are supposed to be followed by Slovene volunteers and volunteer organisations at their work, are written in the ‘Volunteering Act’ and the ‘Ethics code of organised volunteering’. They are based on the reciprocal respect between all included in the process of volunteer work. At volunteer work with people, volunteers and volunteer organisations respect rights and individuality of everyone, regardless of their race, skin colour, age, nationality or ethnicity, language, financial or social status, lifestyle, sexual, political or religious orientation, social origin, reduced mental or physical abilities or any other status.

RIGHTS

Rights are part of our everyday life, and for this reason it is important that we recognise them in volunteer work as well. As volunteers we also have our responsibilities.

Every volunteer:

  • needs to be prepared, educated for work and life in an international community
  • must be respected
  • must have someone they can talk to about work
  • must know what is expected of them, and who is responsible for them
  • must know who to confide in, if there is any trouble
  • can ask for help and support
  • can ask for certain changes
  • can oppose unfair procedures, treatment or criticism
  • can say ‘no’
  • can be awarded and praised
  • can make mistakes and learn from them
  • can gain something out of their work
  • has a right to know how they were selected for the work
  • has a right to be informed
  • can develop, grow and transform
  • has a right to feedback
  • has a right to be a part of the team and be included in certain meetings and social events
  • has a right to insurance and a safe work environment
  • has a right to their race, gender, sexual orientation, reduced physical or mental ability and age to be respected and not to be discriminated against based on it
  • has a right to be confided in
  • has a right to consultation
  • has a right to their own feelings, opinions and beliefs
  • can change their opinions and decisions
  • has a right to get angry
  • is not obligated to bear responsibility for the problems and behaviour of others

DUTIES

It is expected from the volunteer to:

  • be open-minded, without prejudice
  • be responsible
  • respect fellow people and their rights
  • respect work standards of the host organisation, its objectives and values
  • be honest in case of trouble
  • ask for support if needed
  • participate in training and support work activities
  • be tolerant
  • keep promises
  • respect determined deadlines and complete given activities
  • dedicate and pass on feedback to others
  • accept constructive criticism and comments
  • respect other people’s privacy
  • know their rights

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