“The volunteers working in that area are beneficiaries themselves; they don’t have any source of income and livelihood, just like any other member of the community. They have accepted that because there is nothing else, they are not working or doing anything, and they find [volunteering] as an employment even.” (Male Staff)
- The idea of ‘giver’ and ‘recipient’ as different is problematic as local volunteers can be simultaneously volunteers and victims.
- By assuming volunteers are only a ’giver’, their needs can be neglected.
- Recognising the different ways that volunteers are vulnerable is essential to ensuring their safety and security.