Volunteering in Schools,
Service Institutions, and Municipalities

While volunteers are widely active in non-profit organizations in Lebanon, they are relatively rare in schools, service institutions, and municipalities.  Volunteers cannot and should not take the place of professional employees in these institutions.  But volunteers can supplement and complement the work of employees, especially in areas outside the domain and expertise of employees. 

IN SCHOOLS, volunteers cannot replace the teachers or administrators, but they can supervise students as they arrive and depart the school grounds and during recesses.  They can correct objective tests, plan or accompany teachers and students on fieldtrips, introduce students to their own special talents, tutor students with extra needs, decorate the classrooms, help students plant a school garden, and organize fundraising events for special school needs. While they are helping the school, these volunteers also serve as role models for students of adults engaged in community service. Parents are an important source of volunteers for schools since they have personal motives to improve the school their children attend, but care must be taken so that they do not give unfair advantage to their own children.  Another good source of school volunteers are universities in the area of the school. 

SERVICE INSTITUTIONS like hospitals, orphanages, and homes for the elderly can also use volunteers.  Volunteers in hospitals can help move patients from one area of a hospital to another, deliver newspapers and flowers, talk with  patients that have few visitors, and play with children who are patients in the pediatric section of the hospital.  They can provide similar non-professional support in orphanages and homes for the elderly. And in such institutions, the part-time support of professional volunteers (doctors, psychologists, lawyers, etc) can also be very important. 

MUNICIPALITIES can also add greatly to their services to the community through volunteers.  Some activities volunteers have undertaken in Lebanese municipalities include planting trees, organizing youth activities, creating a senior center, establishing a community library, developing a recycling center, and organizing periodic clean-up-the-community days.  Such activities strengthen the bonds within the community, increase community pride, and improve the quality of life for everyone. 

We encourage Lebanese schools, service institutions, and municipalities that have volunteer programs to contact AVS and provide us with information about their programs so that we can learn from their experiences and have role models to share with others.

There are valuable resources in the AVS Library and online to help schools, service institutions, and municipalities that want to expand their services through volunteers.  It is important to remember that such programs not only benefit the institutions, but also benefit the volunteers and society as a whole. 
 


 

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MISSION:
To promote, facilitate and improve volunteering and community service throughout Lebanon.

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