Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services.  Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skills development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun and a variety of other reasons that could  be considered self-serving.  
Volunteering takes many forms and is performed by a wide range of people.

Volunteers are a resource and a vital part of the strategy for fulfilling the mission of Bethesda.  We value our volunteers because they diversify and expand the services offered to our patients/children/families.

Dedicated volunteers work in partnership with a certain Division of Bethesda (and the divisional employees) and we tailor job descriptions of volunteers to maximize the value of the experience to both the volunteer and the organization.

Why Volunteer?lenno 3

  • Volunteering makes you feel needed (and you are).
  • Volunteering teaches you about Humanity and Humility. 
  • Volunteering can lead to learning new skills.
  • Volunteering returns to society some of the benefits society gives you.
  • Volunteering helps you meet new people and foster understanding, trust and confidence.
  • Volunteering provides opportunities to strengthen our community.


At Bethesda, we have strict Policies and Procedures in terms of volunteering, as this is an area that needs to be planned and managed appropriately.

Volunteer Coordinator/Contact Person:

  • First time LOCAL Volunteers, please phone Aysha Katsibie at 44-875 8088 or contact her via e-mail at reception@bethesdageorge.org.za
  • INTERNATIONAL Volunteers must contact Madeleine Meyer (CEO) via e-mail  ceo@bethesdageorge.org.za
  • Once a volunteer has been allocated to a certain Division within Bethesda, that volunteer will be under the supervision of the relevant Head of Division.
  • Organizational Orientation will be done by the Human Resource Divisional and Divisional Orientation will be done by the Divisional Manager.

Services/Tasks of a Volunteer:

  • Volunteers will be utilized according to:
    Organizational/Divisional Needs.
    Individual Strengths, Skills and Preferences.
    Time Period of volunteering.
  • Volunteers will be orientated to the division they will volunteer in, and a specific Job Description will be given to them to guide their involvement.

Requirements/Procedure to Volunteer:

  1. All volunteers must provide the following documents to Bethesda for the Volunteering process to be initiated:
    – Certified copy of ID/Passport
    – SAPD Security Clearance
    – CV (If not available, we will provide a generic form to be completed that contains all CV details)
    – Bethesda Forms to be completed for Volunteer Placement:
    – Volunteer Questionnaire (competency evaluation included)
  2. Volunteer must indicate in which division he/she wants to volunteer.
  3. The Human Resource Division will then place the potential Volunteer on a Waiting List whilst consulting with the chosen Division with regards to volunteering needs.
  4. Once a need in a division is established, the Human Resource Division will make an appointment for the potential Volunteer to meet the specific Divisional Head and then all the details of Volunteering in that division will be discussed and clarified.
  5.  After all this is done, the Human Resource Division will call the Volunteer back with a date and time to start the formal, active Volunteering process.

“We volunteer initially to lose ourselves; and we volunteer next to find ourselves……..We volunteer to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world that our newspapers will accommodate………We volunteer in essence to become young fools again…..to slow time down and get taken in and fall in love once more…………….”


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