Can I become a volunteer? – FAQ

Volunteers are the main resource of BBBS. A mentor, who works with a child, or a volunteer, who is helping out providing professional services or organizing events, is very important because our program relies greatly on and consists of the creativity, activity, and the initiative of all those involved.

Our “Bigs” are ordinary people with various life experience, education, and professional skills. They are responsible, open, and mature individuals who have patience, kindness, a sense of humor and who are ready to give their time to their “Littles” for a year at minimum.

Everyone’s motivation is different. Some people want to do good and they like our way of accomplishing it – support through friendship and communication. Others hope that “Little” will teach them something new. Anyway, this is a story about friendship; a very strong one. Our mentors say that this experience changed their perspective on the world, people around them, their job, and all the simple things.

All prospective volunteers are doubtful.

I’m afraid of not being able to do it. What should I do?

If you made this decision, obtained all the documents, and got through the training – this is already an indicator of your abilities. Not everyone gets to the training part. Trust us, you can do it!

I’m afraid of not having enough time.  What should I do?

Of course, it’s very important to be good at time-management. The rules of our program state that you should meet with your mentee for a minimum of 2-3 hours at least once a week. It’s great if both of you can spend more time together. The most important is that your meetings are regular, so that the child knows that you will come see him at least once a week, even for a short time. It’s also important to stay connected via phones or social networks. If suddenly you realize that you won’t be able to hang out with your mentee in the nearest future, let both your mentee and your curator know. As time goes, many pairs start meeting more and more often.  

I’m afraid of not having enough money. What should I do?

This is not about money at all. Among our volunteers, there are both wealthy people and ordinary students. It doesn’t influence your relationship with children. The quality of your time together is more important than the amount of money spent. The goal of building this relationship is to help Littles broaden their perspective.

Of course, you will spend some money – a snack, cinema or museum tickets. However, we suggest that you don’t pick pricey events, especially in the very beginning. For a kid, it’s important just to spend time with you.

In our program, we do not encourage presents. The exceptions are holidays, birthdays, New Year, or small souvenirs from vacation. However, it’s better to discuss each case individually with your curator.  

I’m afraid of becoming attached. What should I do?

Attachment is almost inevitable. In any relationships that are valuable for us, there is a place for attachment, in one form or another. Just be prepared to accept it.

I’m afraid of too much responsibility. What should I do?

Any relationship is always a responsibility. Friendship with a child is not different by any means from friendship with an adult. There’s place for everything; good, bad, arguments, communication barriers.

Maybe, this type of a friendship requires more discipline – you can leave your grown-up friend for a month or two, while it’s important to see your little friend every week.  On the other hand, it’s easier – there are always professionals who are ready to help.

In our program, there has never been a case when a volunteer would get tired and drop out. That means something, doesn’t it? And you can do it, too.

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Help with money

Donations will be used for payroll of psychologists, hosting events and for promotion of our program.