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Volunteer Code of Conduct

Volunteer Alliance connects international Volunteers directly with Community Based Organizations in developing countries. We have developed the Volunteer Code of Conduct to promote sustainable, effective Volunteering and long lasting collaboration.

As a Volunteer Alliance Volunteer, I promise to:


Treat all individuals with a sense of dignity, respect, and worth. Make a personal commitment to be nonjudgmental about cultural differences, living conditions and the life-style of each person with whom I work. Be courteous and polite in all of my actions.

Avoid profane and abusive language and disruptive behavior that is dangerous to self and others.

Abstain from the use of photo, audio or video recording equipment unless given consent.

Respect all confidential information. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information to which they are exposed while serving as a volunteer, whether this information involves a single staff, volunteer, client or other person.

Not to pressure anyone to accept my political, cultural, or religious beliefs.

Personal responsibility

Be dependable, recognizing the commitment and responsibility to my volunteer assignment.

Accept assignment consistent with my interest, abilities, and available time.

Accept assignment with an open mind and a willingness to learn.

Avoid conflict of interest situations and refrain from actions that may be perceived as such. Volunteers should reveal any potential or actual conflicts of interest as they arise.


Not use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at any time.

Abstain from all illegal activity.

Wear appropriate clothing. All items of clothing must be suitable for the work environment and should not contain offensive or objectionable material.

Follow safe workplace practices, including participation in applicable education sessions, using appropriate personal safety equipment and reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe situations.

Report suspicious activities to the appropriate legal authorities.


Be a team player. Keep an open mind and value the input and suggestions of my fellow volunteers, hosts, co-workers, and colleagues. Come to decisions democratically. Seek consensus.

Be patient when working on group projects. React with grace when your idea is not the one chosen. Support your project to the best of your ability.

Note: This Code of Conduct was originally derived, with permission, from the Ubuntu Code of Conduct: