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    3dgraphicswiz
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    Further to my last post about wanting time off and people suggesting volunteer work:

    To me Society wants something for nothing:
    – volunteer work that in many cases should be paid work
    – internships unpaid
    – work for just “Exposure” such as photographers not getting paid at the Australian Tennis Open
    – crowd sourcing free work – e.g say to all your Facebook followers can someone do a new logo for me?

    Surely all this makes the job of the Soloist a lot harder. I gave up trying to find volunteering a long time ago; people who run volunteer groups are so selfish and exploitative. I love volunteers. I am not anti volunteering; once I was a volunteer in a Salvos shop. But some of the jobs that volunteers are asked to do: last week I saw volunteer 3d scanner map specialist.

    But as a society we want everything for nothing.

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    Rowan@quaotic
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    In my opinion if you see your work as sharing or being kind then that is the only way to volunteer. If you see your work or skills just as an income that is being exploited then perhaps volunteering is not for you.
    Some organisations need skills that they cannot afford to pay for and if someone is willing to help with that for no pay then it is their business. Just look around for the right fir for you if you want to volunteer and decide for yourself what you are willing to offer.

    That said, yes there are instances where exploitation is the norm, such as internships.

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    Lucy Kippist
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    That’s an excellent distinction Rowan, I agree with you.

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    bb1
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    We all have the option to say yes or no to volunteering, each individual can make a decision based on if they see it as a true volunteering role or just someone wanting someone for nothing.

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    ThomasMaloney
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    It really depends on what you aim to achieve. Some people volunteer out of passion and love for a certain area of expertise. For instance, if you love pets, you can volunteer your time and services at a pet shelter. If you love children, you could perhaps volunteer at school events and so on and so forth. If you do something you love and are truly passionate about, you wouldn’t even mind not receiving a single cent of payment. However, if you expect to be paid at the end of the day, then you should consider a part-time job which offers flexible hours since you want time off.

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    heylouise
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    There are some people who don’t want a website design from me, even if I offered it for free, so that’s saying something. (Although that could be because they think I should be paid for it.)

    But it’s more about whether the person/organisation thinks they need the thing or not.

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    ThomasMaloney
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    I’m hearing a lot about this when it comes to service providers. Especially when they are a freelance sort of provider, or an artist! I mean, hello – Piracy is rampant! I don’t see so much of an issue when it’s a full fledged business perhaps like mine that provides storage solutions in Brisbane, although we do have our own fair share of jokers who think they can get free rental from us just because we’re a family run business. What people need to do is klnow that they are entitled to put their foot down and demand payment for services rendered!

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    I understand what you’re saying. I’ve certainly seen my fair share of people wanting something for nothing. Sometimes this stems from people not having the means to pay, other times it’s just freebie chasers.

    On the flip side I also see giving as paying it forward. I’ve met some wonderful people who have been very giving and I like to give here and there, volunteer etc. as my way of giving back and sending out good karma :)

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    heftzwecke
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    Volunteering is great and the society would not run without it. On the other hand side there are a lot of people who expect that every job not covered by the big companies or the government is something people should give for free. I found this mentality quite often around here and it makes it difficult for the little guy.

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