The Perception of Benefits of Short-term Volunteering— the Case Study of Young Poles’ Opinions
Anita Basińska 1  
,   Agnieszka Jeran 2  
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University of Social Sciences &Humanities in Poznań
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
Publication date: 2014-09-30
Polish Sociological Review 2014;187(3):367–380
The aim of the text is to capture and identify the differences between volunteers and non-volunteers in the scope of the widely understood image of volunteering and the beliefs surrounding it. The data was gathered in three Polish cities and shows that there is a great disparity between young volunteers and non-volunteers. This disparity can be of substantial importance to the future of volunteering in Poland and it conclusively proves that young people are very pragmatic. Volunteers see the sense in sports volunteering via the instrumental benefits that transcend the experience, although they do not question the autotelicy of sports volunteering, especially when it comes to its value as an emotional experience.
This research project was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland (project number NN116281938).