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We have developed the Code of Conduct to promote conscientious volunteering and long term impact.

As an MSAAW volunteer, I promise to:

  • Respect
  • Treat all individuals with a sense of dignity, respect, and courtesy, and to be committed to be nonjudgmental about cultural differences, living conditions and the lifestyle of each person with whom I work.

    Avoid abusive language and disruptive behaviors dangerous to self and others.

    Seek consent before the use of photo, audio or video recording equipment.

    Respect all confidential information, and take responsibility for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information to which I am exposed while serving as a volunteer, whether this information involves a single volunteer, client or other person.

    Not to pressure anyone to accept my political, cultural, or religious beliefs.

  • Personal responsibility
  • Be reliable, acknowledging the commitment to my volunteer assignment.

    Accept assignments strictly consistent with my interest, abilities, and available time.

    Accept assignments with an open mind and a willingness to learn.

    Avoid conflict of interest situations, refrain from actions that may be perceived as such, and reveal any potential or actual conflicts of interest as they arise.

  • Safety
  • Not use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

    Abstain from all illegal activity.

    Follow safe practices, including participation in applicable education sessions, using appropriate personal safety equipment and reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe situations.

    Report suspicious activities to the appropriate legal authorities.

  • Collaboration
  • Be a team player - keep an open mind and value the suggestions of my fellow volunteers and colleagues, come to decisions democratically, seek consensus.

    Be patient when working on group projects, react with grace when my idea is not the one chosen, support my project to the best of my ability