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Volunteer in Your Field for Work Experience PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Amila   
Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:01

Volunteering has been present throughout the history of every civilisation. It is most commonly defined as volunteer, unpaid work. Volunteers are extremely important in advancing the welfare and progress in developed and developing countries and in national or other humanitarian aid programs, technical cooperation and promotion of human rights, peace and democracy. Volunteers willingly offer their work to help their community and the society.   

Look to neighboring countries as role-models

Croatian volunteers have been protected by law since May 2007, and Macedonian volunteers since July 2007. The passing of the Law on Volunteering in 2010 provided a framework to regulate volunteering in Serbia. That same year, a volunteering law was passed in Montenegro. Bosnia and Herzegovina does not have a state-level law on volunteering. Consultations on the proposed framework Law on Volunteering in BiH. Republika Srpska regulated volunteer work in 2008, while Brčko District and FBiH still have not.

Proposal of the law on volunteering is currently under consideration

On December 5, 2011, on the International Volunteer Day, a draft of the volunteer law entered the parliamentary process. The draft was made by the Commission for the Coordination of Youth Issues in cooperation with the Institute for Youth Development KULT. The Commission supported the draft unanimously during the assembly session. 72 representatives voted in favor of the law, there were 3 abstentions and no votes against. After it had passed, public discussions were held in each Canton (Bihać, Tomislavgrad, Široki Brijeg, Mostar, Goražde, Domaljevac-Šamac, Tuzla, Zenica, Travnik and Sarajevo), which yielded many suggestions. On July 2, 2012, the proposal will be sent to the Parliament. President of the House of Representatives' Collegium, Fehim Škaljić, informed the Institute that the proposal is on the agenda for the October 2012 assembly. We hope that both Houses of Parliament will recognise this law as a building block for a healthy and sustainable community, upholding the dignity of all people and encouraging its citizens to help solve economic, social, cultural and environmental issues, thus improving their lives and the prosperity of the society as a whole.

Gaining work experience through volunteer work in your field

With the unemployment rate rising, it is impossible to overlook dissatisfied people, tired of inertia. Volunteering is an opportunity to improve your resume, acquire skills and competences useful for finding employment, especially for people without prior work experience.

The results of our poll show the importance of having volunteer work recognised as work experience, especially for youth. To the question „Should volunteer work in your field of expertise be recognised as work experience?, 96,76% of respondents replied with YES, 0,23% with NO and 0,4% with I DON'T KNOW. 

 

 

Volonter - pripravnik

U trenutnom Zakonu o radu FBiH volonteri – pripravnici su osobe koje mogu na volonterskoj osnovi, tj. bez novčane nadoknade, odraditi pripravnički staž potreban za polaganje stručnog ispita. Važno je reći da je pojam volonter u ovom slučaju u potpunosti pogrešno interpretiran i iskorišten, jer volonterstvo je u potpunosti bazirano na slobodnoj volji jedne individue zainteresovane da pruža volonterske usluge.

Retroaktivno priznavanje

Zakonom se neće regulirati prava volontera/ki koji su volontirali prije njegovog donošenja jer bi to omogućilo brojne malverzacije i zloupotrebu beneficija koje zakon nudi, dok će sada nadležno Ministarstvo, ili institucija za evidentiranje volontiranja, voditi i održavati bazu podataka svih prijavljenih volontiranja od dana stupanja na snagu zakona.

Volonteri/ke kažu:

„Volontiranje nije samo slobodno vrijeme sa smislom, nego i praksa uz koju stječemo razna iskustva, upoznajemo nove ljude i proširujemo sebe. Sada volontirati u Bosni i Hercegovini nije teško, pružila nam se mogućnost da putujemo vani i proširujemo svoje vidike. Sada imamo šansu u zakonu da nam se volontiranje u struci priznaje kao radno iskustvo, nije li to odlično? Volontiranjem pomažemo drugima, a najprije sebi.“

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