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Helpx - free accomodation worldwide in exchange for help
Mon 29-Oct-12
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I don't know how you assign work to the volunteers but as and ex-volunteer and now a host possibly our experience may help your situation.


As previously mentioned communicate with volunteers before their arrival.   

I have a list of current projects on our page.  

I also tend to refuse offers from those that do not make specific reference to something on our page - they tend to send batches of the same message to hosts in the area they want to go (area being more important than host).

When volunteers arrive (if not before) go through current projects with them and find out which one(s) they think they would enjoy and be capable of doing.

Ask if they prefer working on their own or joining you on a project.  If they say prefer working on own and then NOT working try and move them to a job with others (self included) who will work.

Try to give projects that give a sense of achievement - nobody likes doing a repetitive job that has no long term benefit (i.e.  housework  whistle)

Make clear from start, that any small problems should be discussed over a meal.  Obviously big problems need addressing immediately.   By small problems I mean you feel they are not pulling their wait, they think you are asking too much of them, etc.


Communication and (initial) mutual respect are key.


Helpx volunteers seem to be better than those from Workaway (often first time away from home) and Woofers (often into permaculture know it all, from books, and seem to missed the section on it doesn't just happen work is required)


Hope future experiences are better.

Failing is not a fault, refusing to try is

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