There are a number of sayings along the lines of "There is more than one way to climb a tree." This is the same at AFS-USA when we look at the variety of volunteer roles and tasks in a team. At AFS-USA, there is more than one way to organize a group of volunteers to support your Team goals and your ability to deliver quality AFS program experiences in your community.
How the different volunteer roles and tasks are organized within a team is determined by what works best in your team. This is developed by the Volunteer Leadership Team in consultation and with support from the TDS (Team Development Specialist) and the local volunteers.
There are a few volunteer role "requirements" at AFS-USA. And those are:
- Team Chair
- Team Treasurer
- Student Family Liaison
Beyond that, teams have a lot of flexibility. And there are a number of different models that have been developed by teams across the U.S. For example, let's look at the Hosting Coordinator role. In some teams, given their geographic size, they have a Hosting Coordinator for each chapter or area within the team that works with the local volunteers to recruit host families for our hosted students. In some other teams, there is one Hosting Coordinator who manages the role for the entire team.
Your best resource on the different ways to "climb a tree" or to organize the volunteer roles and tasks in your team is the TDS (Team Development Specialist). Your TDS can provide you with examples of how other teams do it, and work with your team to create the volunteer organization that works for your area.
The volunteer roles included in this section are some of the "key" roles in AFS and provides you with an overview of the tasks and training required. But keep in mind, how you want to organize those tasks or the roles either by one volunteer or a team of volunteers, with exception of the 3 mentioned above, is up to each team.