The 3 Stages in the Journey of the Volunteer

Strategies for crafting the volunteer experience, and delivering the meaning that volunteers crave, all begin by better understanding today's volunteers. At Realized Worth, we do that by breaking down the volunteer's journey into three stages: Tourist, Traveler, and Guide.

Tourist – Traveler – Guide. This is the journey of the volunteer. The great failure of volunteer coordinators lies in expecting tourists to act as guides, treating guides like tourists, and ignoring the traveler altogether. It's time we meet people where they’re at. Here’s how to recognize employee volunteers at each stage, and how to treat them accordingly.

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