The Mentor-Volunteer Contract
Clarifying expectations towards one another, agreeing on how to work together and defining what mentoring is all about is part of the so-called contracting.
What is a contract in the context of mentoring in the EU Solidarity Corps programme? At first it might sound like a formal procedure, but it definitely is not. It’s more of a verbal agreement between the mentor and the volunteer. Contracting is a process which helps to discuss important issues for working together, which also gives a more structured approach.
Such a conversations touches on the following areas:
- The boundaries of mentoring – deciding on the “general territory” of the relationship –
- which field of ESC experience will you be focusing on?
- Content and aims of mentoring – specific learning and development objectives you
- will be working on
- Conditions – the way you will work together
- The basis of relationship – principles you’ll basing your cooperation on
- Expectations – what you expect from the process and each other
- Anything else