The end on next month, I begin training to be an Art Docent. It is for a Museum of Contemporary Art, and the training covers a period of about a year. It definitely will provide me with a lot of structure in the training process and with the tours, outreach presentations, etc. I am really looking forward to joining this cadre of volunteers. My educational background is in teaching, so it should be a good fit for me.
Good luck in your search. Let me know what you come up with.
I hope you will continue to help the cats, too!
Besides the library or art museum, you might also consider volunteering with a historical society or living history site.
I was far from retirement when I was laid off two years ago. I'm making do as a part-time proofreader for now. It's a nice break from the stress of corporate communications and grant-writing -- my previous jobs.
Because I live in a historic building that was once a silk mill, I decided to volunteer with the local historical society. The people are dedicated and wonderful. I learn a lot from them. I also adore working with my hands for a change. Gardening...helping to paint and sand walls...etc. On occasion, I get the chance to use my creativity and organizational skills. I'm now seeking out lectures/workshops on gardening and "permaculture."
Keep in mind that every organization has its own "personality" and style of doing things. So, before you commit to a long volunteer stint, I'd do a test run -- for one day or one event.
I've come to believe that volunteering should be FUN, and you should feel like you are making a meaningful contribution.
When the recession ends, I may have to go find a "real job." But...my volunteer experiences may point me in a new direction.
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