Volunteer Your Time
While the Rimé Institute organises a wide range of educational and community activities, one of the largest obstacles we encounter is that people are not aware of what we are doing. We need the help of volunteers to distribute promotional materials in various zones across the city to help get the word out and raise awareness.
This work involves:
- identifying places where we can promote our activities
- distributing flyers and brochures to those places
- monitoring the promotions to ensure they are up-to-date and available
One of the primary roles of the Rimé Institute is to produce and publish Khentrul Rinpoche’s teachings in different formats. Due to his very busy schedule, Rinpoché often doesn’t have time to write his thoughts down. Instead, he communicates them through oral teachings which need to be recorded and transcribed. Once a teaching has been captured in writing, we can then use it to create educational materials such as books and online courses.
This work involves:
- listening to audio recordings of Rinpoche’s teachings
- transcribing the complete audio with as much accuracy as possible
- identifying meta-information for the teaching such as content tags and so forth
Over the years, Rinpoche has amassed a large collection of photos and videos which document his ongoing work to bring the Dharma to the world. Unfortunately, we lack the personnel to organise this material so that they can be made available to Rinpoché’s students around the world.
This work involves:
- Reviewing available media archives and selecting material that can be used online
- Organising files into meaningful categories so they can be found easily
- Processing those files so they can be shared.
- Selecting quotes from teachings to accompany imagery.
Let us know what you can do
Having looked through the current needs above, if you feel that you would like to offer service to the community, please fill out the following form:
How to offer service
Volunteering is a wonderful way to generate merit. Not only will your actions bring benefit to others, but the experience can be extremely meaningful and transformative for you as well. To help you get the most out of this process, we recommend you keep the following points in mind:
- Be honest about the time you can offer: While you may have every intention to help, the realities of life are very difficult to control and often limit our capacity to be effective volunteers. Instead of biting off more than you can chew, try to be realistic with your estimates of how much time you can dedicate to a particular project. Also, keep in mind the scope of how long you believe you will be able to volunteer. By being up front about your commitment of time, then expectations can be managed and we can find an activity that will work with your particular conditions.
- Break your project into manageable chunks: Because of the high change over of volunteers, you will often inherit a project from a volunteer who came before you. Likewise, when you are no longer able to continue as a volunteer, you will also need to be able to pass on what you have done to another person. Keeping this in mind from the start, you should work in a focused manner on short-term, manageable deliverables that will allow you to move the project forward without the entire activity hinging on your presence.
- Be prepared to work with a team: While individual tasks can be completed in isolation, to make sure that everything comes together to produce a larger whole, you will need to rely on the help of other volunteers. For this reason, spend some time to get to know the people that you will be working with so that you can learn how to communicate effectively.
- When in doubt ask questions: In the beginning of any project, there can be a lot of uncertainty about how things should be done. Don’t worry, this is normal. If something doesn’t make sense, don’t be afraid to ask questions so that you can develop some clarity. This will keep you from wasting time and energy.
- Remember that volunteering is about the community: When it comes to part-time volunteering, most of the activities are related to helping a full-time volunteer complete a task that they currently do not have the time or capacity to complete. In a way, you can think of yourself as being an extra pair of hands that allow the full-time volunteer to accomplish more. Likewise the full-time volunteers are working on behalf of our Spiritual Director in order to develop the organisation in accordance with his advice. In this way, we must all remember that our role is to support the needs of the community in a humble and flexible way. The more that we can put our own egos to the side, the more we will be able to accomplish together.