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Социальное волонтерство в России: На пути к профессионализации

Russian NGO sector includes various sectors of volunteer organizations. One of these is social volunteerism which is in the focus of the reviewed monograph. Social volunteerism is described as a complex phenomenon, including multiple aspects such as the structure and organization of the volunteer group, the role of a coordinator, and the relationship with government agencies. The moograph dispels a popular myth which argues that volunteerism has a zero cost. The case studies show that volunteer organizations bear expenses relating to the recruitment and training of volunteers, their retraining and the employment of experts. Significant attention is focused on the issue of the professional burn-out of volunteers and methods to prevent the burn-out.