Motivasjon til frivillig deltaking i Røde Kors
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There has been a great deal of research on volunteering in Norway and the voluntary sector is an important part of the Norwegian welfare society. Volunteering helps us to socialize people into a life in the Norwegian society. At the same time, it is an important function as an organizer of different interest groups. The voluntary and humanitarian organizations have a central role in implementing public policy. In view of the increasing interest for Odda Municipality and Trolltunga, and the need for assistance related to bad weather conditions and accidents related to the trip, I wanted to find out what motivates members of the local Red Cross Act to participate as volunteers. Traditional economic theory assumes that human beings are self-centered by nature and that they will act out of what is best for us. That's why I've looked at motivational factors for volunteers to put down the effort they make - unprofitable and for the community's best. In this assignment, I have chosen a quantitative approach in the form of a questionnaire. This survey was sent to all the active members of the three Red Cross teams in Odda Municipality; Odda, Tyssedal and Røldal Red Cross. The data that I collected in this survey has then been interpreted and analyzed against my chosen theory. The results of the survey show that being part of a social group motivates members. Here they get the chance to build a larger social network, make new friends and grow self-confidence. In addition, the results indicate that volunteers are motivated by acquiring new experiences and knowledge through practical experience. The survey also shows that the volunteers feel strongly connected towards the Red Cross organization.