The basic principles of volunteering are summarized below:
• Volunteering benefits both community and volunteer.
• Volunteers work is unpaid.
• Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
• Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.
• Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of all people.
• Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their society.
• Volunteering is a way in which individuals or groups can express human, environmental and social needs.
• Volunteering is an activity that is only achieved in a nonprofit context.
• Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
• Volunteers do not replace paid employees and do not pose a threat to their job security.