How to select the right volunteers for the project?

The volunteer selection is the process of choosing the right volunteer for a specific placement from a range of candidates who have applied for it. Previous to this, as presented above, the organisation has to draft a participant profile and to promote the vacancy.

As we are talking about EVS, there are some particular aspects that need to be taken into consideration. First and most important, keep in mind the fact that the recruitment and selection process must be open to all candidates, including people with fewer opportunities and regardless of their ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, political opinion, etc. Moreover, be aware that in EVS no previous qualifications, educational level, specific experience or language knowledge can be required, so you cannot include such criteria in your selection procedures. While there are situations in which a more specific profile of the volunteer might be required (if justified by the type of tasks or by the project context) this cannot be requested unless it is clearly stated in the application and approved by your National Agency or E.A.C.E.A.

It is true that your first reaction is to search for and select the volunteer who demonstrates the skills and experience necessary to fulfil the job’s responsibilities and to design the selection process according to this. This is one of the biggest errors that you can do and you should avoid it by all means! EVS volunteers should be chosen according to their interests and personal development needs and the project addresses firstly to them and only after to the community. Often, between a very experienced person and one who is just starting but wishes to get experience in the field your project is addressing, it will be that the second one is a more suitable candidate as he has more motivation and the project will have a stronger impact on him.

The recruitment and selection process requires a lot of communication, as it implies exchanging information about the needs and expectations of the organisation and of the candidate and also about what each of the two parties can offer. Most of the principles related to communication presented in the previous sections also apply in this case. Still, there are some particularities that should be addressed. Here are some of them:

How to select the right volunteers for the project?





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