Tao of Volunteers v2.0

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TAO of Volunteers (taken from the original Wiki page, with minor adjustments)

We feel a special affinity for the newest Residents of Second Life. For the Residents who come to us in their first hours curious looking for answers and suggestions on how to make Second Life their own. We provide a bridge to value in Second Life, a link to knowledge should they choose it, advice on the many experiences that Second Life provides and ways for them to find their peers in world. We educate new Residents how to search and find for themselves to enhance not only their first experience, but to enable them with resources that will help them have a more meaningful Second Life overall.

Our vision is to lay the best foundation for new Residents in Second Life by offering assistance, encouragement and insight into Second Life’s possibilities drawn from our own personal experiences. We believe volunteering in any world has the potential to enhance our character while helping those who need us. Our mission is to reach that potential through our individual triumphs as well as team cooperation. Volunteer Behavior and Attitude

Set The Standard

Each Volunteer has the opportunity to create an unforgettable first impression of Second Life for new Residents while also helping more seasoned Residents with quality assistance. We do it because we want to. We do it because we enjoy it. We do it with a smile. That is how we want such unforgettable moments to be remembered.

Our personal conduct and style sets the standard:

   * We will maintain politeness when faced with argument.
   * We will be as considerate and helpful as we can be in difficult situations.
   * We will give respect to those we help, despite knowing it may not always be returned.
   * We will seek and emphasize the positive in a situation.
   * We will work as a team and help each other solve problems.
   * We will be reliable, committed, and trustworthy.
   * We will participate and share our ideas to improve Second Life.
   * We will keep a sense of humor and volunteer when we know we are in good spirits!
   * We will keep this labor of love fun! 

Volunteer Awareness

Stay Informed

Each Volunteer is responsible for reading notices, blogs and guidelines. Reading the SL blogs, the Wiki, other residents, and how-to guides will help you have the knowledge needed in Mentoring and enhance your mentoring skills. Volunteer Goals

Promote and Grow

As Second Life continues to grow as a global platform we have the ability and responsibility to increase our Volunteer team’s strength and numbers. We should actively speak about what we do and why we do it. While volunteering we should always be open to learning new solutions as well as teaching what we know. We hope to create an open, collaborative win-win situation, one Resident at a time.