The field of volunteerism spends inordinate amounts of time arguing the finer points of just what is and what is not volunteering. Most readers are familiar with a range of concepts that strive to ‘define’ volunteering. Such concepts include volunteering being conducted
- without coercion,
- without monetary reward, and
- for the benefit of the community.
However, a much more fundamental question was posed recently on both the OzVPM (Australasia) and UKVPMs (United Kingdom) newsgroups, causing quite a reaction, and prompting us to share the thoughts of respondents with you all through this Keyboard Roundtable forum.
The question was, quite simply: ‘Is volunteering work or leisure?’
With the generous permission of the participants, we have compiled some of the key postings in this debate and hope e-Volunteerism readers will join in.