Volunteer efforts contribute to social wealth and human well being in many different ways. Reciprocal efforts can amplify interest in further volunteering. Volunteers are often important in medical, social, historical, archaeological and biological research, giving support to universities, museums, and other organisations involved in research and education.
In this group we invite discussion of volunteering as (1) a topic of research and (2) a practical part of research methodology. A range of practical and ethical issues need to be considered in relation to requesting or offering volunteer services. Share your experiences and findings, recommend related publications or groups, and ask questions here.
Photo: Flower arrangement (ikebana) in an Osaka train station... a public service that helps reduce stress in a crowded busy place (PJM, 2018).