What does it mean to be a volunteer?
Formal volunteering is defined as any activity carried out by individuals that is:
- An altruistic activity undertaken for the benefit of society.
- Undertaken freely and by choice, and not driven by professional, administrative or commercial relationships, or a personal obligation or legal requirement.
- Carried out through non-profit organisations and in accordance with specific programmes that establish a timetable for the activity.
- Not a substitute for paid services.
Who can be a volunteer?
FISC volunteers are individuals who pledge to contribute to achieving the foundation’s objectives. FISC volunteers are people who aim to:
- Help others and exercise their responsibility to society.
- Learn and grow as a person.
- Think critically about the rights and responsibilities we all have towards each other.
- Speak out against and eradicate injustice.
- Be responsible in their daily lives and in how they approach the inequality that exists around us.
Why volunteer with FISC?
FISC volunteers are guided in all areas of their lives by the principles of solidarity, engagement, generosity, independence from government institutions, non-discrimination, diversity and social awareness. They are committed to building a democratic, modern, participatory, just and equal society rooted in strong moral values.
FISC volunteers are people who are aware of the world around them, who carry out activities that benefit society at large, and share a commitment to altruistically contributing to the development of individuals and society. Their work is not part of a professional, administrative or commercial relationship. They do not receive financial compensation and their activities are not a substitute for work carried out by paid workers.
Formación del voluntariado
FISC’s training plan addresses two groups: FISC volunteers and future aid workers who will be involved long-term in the foundation’s projects.
The aim of the training plan is to provide FISC’s volunteers and future aid workers with training and guide them in their role in the foundation. We believe that it is increasingly important for the entire FISC team to receive training that gives them facts about the real situation of the world today and helps them build the skills they need to analyse it, that helps them achieve personal growth and enables them to build, and learn from, life experiences.
The training plan consists of a number of subject areas, which are laid out in FISC’s training manual and updated every year.
FISC’s regional offices train their own volunteers using manuals provided by the foundation’s Management Committee and/or other organisations.
Aid Worker Training
Aid workers receive two types of training:
Training on concepts and attitudes:
FISC’s regional offices train aid workers on concepts and attitudes using manuals provided by the foundation’s Management Committee and/or other organisations.
FISC’s Management Committee provides aid workers with technical training.