“New book published “Episodic Volunteers72

“A sample of volunteers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain”

Team leader: Samir Abu Rumman

A new Arabic book published by Global Center for Philanthropy Studies in Kuwait, in 166 pages, and divided into theoretical and practical Chapters.

The theoretical chapter sheds light on volunteers on Episodic Volunteering, in terms of analyzing the variables that affect them, managing them to ensure the sustainability of their efforts, exposure to leading regional and international models for volunteer work and events, and procedures for recruiting volunteers on Episodic Volunteering; To benefit from it in understanding how to manage the volunteering process of Episodic Volunteering.

As for the practical chapter‎, it was based on a field study conducted between February and July 2018, on a sample of volunteers from three countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait, distributed over age groups, gender, social status, and education level. The field study was based on a special questionnaire, which was prepared by researchers belonging to multiple nationalities, it has been implemented so far in 18 countries about Episodic Volunteering.

The study was divided into five sections. The first section dealt with the methodological procedures. The second presented some of the social, technological, economic and other factors that have an impact on Episodic Volunteering. As for the third section, it presented the most prominent successful regional and international models and experiences in Episodic Volunteering at the level of: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates and other distinguished experiences, which came under the title “Successful regional and international models in Episodic Volunteering”, the fourth section “Volunteering in events: field results” The field study results have been reviewed about the fields of work preferred by volunteers on Episodic Volunteering ‎, their voluntary behavior, the determinants of their volunteering, their practice of volunteer work, and others. As for the fifth section, the most prominent results and recommendations of the study were presented.

The study acquires special importance due to the life variables that led to the emergence of modern voluntary trends and methods; Through it, volunteers provide their experiences and services to communities in line with those surrounding variables and factors such as: (Seasonal Volunteer, Micro-volunteering, and one-time volunteering), which are the trends that the study sought to highlight; Given its vitality and modernity, and understanding how to target volunteers in Episodic Volunteering, and invest their efforts and expertise in a sustainable manner, through a mechanism that has the ability to create a voluntary climate in line with environmental changes, developments and challenges; This is achieved through the strategic management of the voluntary sector, its bodies and affiliates in general, and volunteers on occasions in particular.

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