Q&A Volunteering France

What does volunteering mean?

A volunteer is a person who voluntarily commits to act for a cause with no financial compensation and no legal obligation. Such commitment does not take place on professional and family time. CAMELEON France therefore considers that volunteering is a gift of time and skill which is voluntarily granted in favor of the society.

In what fields of activity does CAMELEON France need volunteers?

Every year, CAMELEON rallies more than 70 volunteers in France: about 40 of them show a regular commitment when the rest shows a more occasional presence, for example when CAMELEON holds events or other projects. They contribute with joy and dynamism to the great adventure of our organization. 
Whether for a one-time event or on a regular basis, volunteering is one of our strengths and we are constantly looking for new recruits!

CAMELEON’s volunteer centers are designed to be managed autonomously by volunteer groups organized around a volunteer coordinator. Each coordinator works in liaison with the employee in charge of associative life at CAMELEON. The poles are mobilized according to the events and actions of CAMELEON. You can also be the initiator of these projects! All ideas and innovations are welcome, and CAMELEON needs your mobilization and your dynamism to move forward!

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

Craft sales > Initiating and organizing of the sale of Filipino handicrafts and cards, at-home sales, stock management, etc.

Liaison with schools > Developing a relationship with schools, running promotional or awareness campaigns for pupils (advocacy on Children’s Rights, etc.), organization of events (photo exhibition, “Rice Bowl” event, etc.)

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

Local Partnership > Relationship with neighborhood shops, gifts for raffles, donation in kind, sale of Filipino handicrafts.

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

Miscellaneous > Help with sponsorships, 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.

Schools actions > Leading awareness workshops from primary school to university about Children’s Rights and international solidarity.

Communication > Supporting the team with photos, videos, editing & graphic designs.

Crafts > Organizing Filipino craft sales in various locations and taking care of the stands.

Events > Supporting the team during the organization of various events (wrapping papers outside stores, solidarity race, photo exhibition, etc.).

Admin / Expertise > Legal, HR, management control, quality control, risk control, IT, public relations, logistics.

Further details are to be found in the Guide du bénévole en France.

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 talents or your qualifications are, 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 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday to Friday. We will adapt to your availability – one afternoon per week on a regular basis? Occasionally? For one day, or a few hours? Your help is always precious and welcome!

Please contact us to further discuss this. 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 do not live in Paris, what activities are open to me?

Some activities such as translation or organization of events, for example, can also be done from home. Do not hesitate to contact us even if you do not live in Paris!

How can I become a volunteer for CAMELEON France?

To become a volunteer for CAMELEON France, we would need you to send us an email 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 to send us your resume. You will also receive an electronic version of our Guide for Volunteer in France.

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

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

The competency centers presented include the main voluntary actions in favor of CAMELEON France. If you have other skills that you would like to offer to our organization, we will be happy to discuss them with you. We will see together what kind of mission we could offer you in accordance with what you would like to do. Whatever your talents or qualifications are, CAMELEON needs you!

I am interested in volunteering and joining one of the fields of activity presented, however I do not want to be appointed to a management position, is it possible?

Absolutely. You can volunteer for CAMELEON France and be part of one of the fields of activity without becoming the manager of that field, especially since there is only one manager per field.

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

The Volunteer Coordinator and the Executive committee appoint the Manager of a centre for a long period of time (about one year). Their 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 CAMELEON.

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

I would like to do an internship at CAMELEON, is it possible?

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

Unsolicited applications are also welcomed: please send your resume and a covering letter at contact@cameleon-association.org.

If you are selected, you shall provide us with a training agreement signed by your university or yourself, as well as a certificate of civil liability insurance before the start of your internship.

If you do not find the answer to your questions in this FAQ, please email us at: contact@cameleon-association.org