What does volunteering mean?


A volunteer is a person who freely commits to pursue an action which is not compensated, not submitted to law obligations, outside its professional and familial time. At Cameleon France, volunteering is therefore a gift of time freely agreed and free, for actions in favour of the society.

In what areas does Cameleon France need volunteers?


Each year, more than a hundred volunteers commit to help our cause in France: around forty on a regular basis, the others for one-off Cameleon events or projects. They contribute with joy and dynamism to our association’s great adventure. Whether it is for an isolated event or on a regular basis, volunteers are essential to our association and we are always looking for new recruits!

Cameleon France’s volunteer activities are managed by the Coordinator, who is himself a volunteer. He coordinates a team composed of the Managers of each of the following activities:

Associative life:
Leading the team of volunteers: film projections, meetings between volunteers in France and in the field, communication materials for the volunteers…

Craft sales:
Initiate and organize the sale of Filipino handicrafts, cards, at-home sales, stock management…

Schools liaison:
Develop a relationship with schools, running promotional or awareness campaigns for pupils (advocacy on Children’s rights…), organization of events (photo exhibition, “rice bowl” event…)

Events and communication:
Videos, pictures, web designs, organization of concerts, sports events, photo exhibition, raffles…

Local Partnership:
Relationship with neighbourhood shops, gifts for raffles, donation in kind, sale of Filipino handicrafts…

Translation:
Translation of documents English ⇔ French (reports, testimonies, articles…)

Miscellaneous:
Help with sponsorship, administrative tasks, mailing campaigns, IT assistance…

Volunteer Coordinator:
Link between the Executive committee of the association and the team of volunteers, management of the network (recruitment, welcoming, organization of meetings…), general coordination of the Managers of each activity and running the activities listed under Miscellaneous.

Further details are to be found in the Guide for Volunteers in France (French).

Who can become a volunteer for Cameleon France?


Cameleon is looking for volunteers of any age, from high school students to retired people, and of different nationalities and cultures. Whatever your talent or your qualifications, Cameleon needs you!

Minors need a written authorization from their parents (contact us at contact@cameleon-association.org and we will send you the form).

What are the availabilities required to become a Volunteer in France?


Should you be available for one week, several months or one year, we can welcome you at our Parisian office from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. We will adapt to your availability: should it be one afternoon per week on a regular basis, or occasionally, for one day or a few hours, your help is always precious!

Please contact us to discuss this further. As our offices are currently quite small, we advise you to give us a call so that your visit can be fitted into the office schedule.

Some activities can also be pursued from home: even if you are not able to come to our offices, do not hesitate to call!

Obviously, should your availability change, you can stop volunteering at any moment, providing you give us reasonable notice.

I don’t live in Paris, what activities are open to me?


Some activities such as translations, organization of events in schools… can also be done from home. Even if you don’t live in Paris, do not hesitate to contact us!

How can I become a volunteer for Cameleon France?


To become a volunteer for Cameleon France, we ask you to send an e-mail to contact@cameleon-association.org. A member of the association will then contact you. As a first step, you will be asked to fill out a volunteer identity form and a questionnaire, which will help us to know you better and discover your expectations before we meet, and send us. your CV . You will also receive an electronic version of our Guide for Volunteer in France, which you can also view here.

We will then an appointment with you to further discuss and decide together which type of activity would be most suitable for you.

I am interested in volunteering for Cameleon France, however I don’t see anything suitable for me in the areas presented here. Is it still possible to become a volunteer and contribute to your actions?


The centres of expertise presented here are the main volunteer activities run by Cameleon France. If you have other skills that you would like to propose to the association, we would be happy to discuss them with you. We will look together at which type of mission we could propose to you that would match what you would like to do. Whatever your talent or your qualifications, Cameleon needs you!

I am interested in volunteering and joining one of the areas of activities presented, however I don’t want to be the Manager of an activity, is it possible?


Absolutely. You can volunteer for Cameleon France and be part of one of the areas of activities without becoming the Manager of that area, especially since there is only one manager per area.

I would like to become a volunteer Manager of one the areas of activities presented or Volunteer Coordinator, how should I proceed?


Qualifications required to become a volunteer Manager of one of the areas of activity or Volunteer Coordinator are given in the following job descriptions:

The Volunteer Coordinator and the Executive committee appoint the Manager of a centre for a long period of time (about one year). The mandate can be renewed every year. To endorse this role, it is required to:
– Be available to organize a monthly meeting in the evening
– Participate in monthly meetings with the others centre Managers, the Coordinator of the volunteers and the executive Committee
– Agree to report to the Coordinator

The mandate can be renewed every year. To perform this role, you must:
– Be available to organize and participate in several evening meetings each month with centre Managers and/or the Executive Committee
– Be highly motivated and show a high level of commitment to the charitable project and the values of the Cameleon association

These functions therefore require availability for a long period of time. To become volunteer Manager of one of the centres of activity or Volunteer Coordinator, send your CV and a covering letter to contact@cameleon-association.org and we will contact you to discuss further.

I would like to do an intership at Cameleon, is it possible?


Cameleon welcomes interns on a regular basis for a period of maximum 2 months. You will find all the current offers of internship our Parisian office here.

Spontaneous applications are also welcomed: send your CV and a covering letter at contact@cameleon-association.org.

After the interview, if you are selected, you will need to provide us with a training agreement signed by yourself or your university, as well as an certificate of civil liability insurance, before the start of your internship.

If you don’t find the answer to your questions in this FAQ, please contact us directly at: contact@cameleon-association.org