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Hopefully volunteering at a museum

Discussion in 'Education and Employment' started by Markness, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. Markness

    Markness Young God

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    I decided to look into volunteering at a local museum during the mornings before I go into work and sent in an application. I hope it will help me develop new skills and potentially new social connections, especially since it’s a different environment.
     
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  2. Raggamuffin

    Raggamuffin Well-Known Member

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    What sort of museum is it?

    Ed
     
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  3. Wolfsage

    Wolfsage In training to be Wolf King.

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    Neat idea. Always thought they were interesting places to work.
     
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    Are you trying to build a resume or somethin'? If not, then I recommend you ditch the idea because you mostly shouldn't do things for other people unless you get a material reward out of it like money or whatever.
     
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    If this is something you would enjoy just by doing it, then no material award is needed.
     
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    Shamar Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    As a (former) museum volunteer, I can say from experience this is a rewarding opportunity. I was able to pass on some of my knowledge and experience to a new generation, and expanded my own knowledge, both from the museum itself and from visitors.
    I would advise you to learn as much about the subject of the museum as you can, and take advantage of any training classes the museum offers to volunteers. If you give tours, don't focus on what is there (the visitors can see what is there), but instead focus on what it means and why it is significant. Interpret, don't just describe.
     
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  7. Markness

    Markness Young God

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    Mars26 21 years old aspie

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    Cool idea, I also wanted to do it but before the pandemic.
     
  9. MyLifeAsAnAspie

    MyLifeAsAnAspie Well-Known Member

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    Good idea. I should have done more volunteering when I was your age. They call us "egocentric", so it is worthwhile doing anything that dispels that idea.
     
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    OkRad μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος οὐλομένην V.I.P Member

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    Very cool!
     
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    George Newman Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Great idea.

    I believe that one can find doing something that is meaningful to be quite fulfilling and of a deeper value than additional dollars. Not to sound too cheeky.

    You are motivating me to make sure I am doing what I need to do to facilitate my monetary needs but also doing what is meaningful.

    Thank you.
     
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    As a former historical interpreter at a site that did third person costumed interpreters*, I always loved opening with "and where are you visiting from today?" since that gives me some information to make a connection with, for example "You're from Port X? Did you know that Port X is named after Colonel X who was here at Fort Y from (dates) and he was present at the signing of (historic proclamation) and in that next building over you can stand in that very room!

    And once they're hooked, you got yourself a license to info dump and for once, people are wanting to listen to you info dump. :)

    *Some places, like the Roman Bath at Bath, England, use first person costumed interpreters, where for example you have a centurion who is in character. While it's super neat (and for history buffs you can try to mess with them), and I'd love to give it a try some day, I like third person costumed interpreting more, where you're dressed in historically accurate garb, and may be demonstrating things as they were done, but you would be using modern language to explain things.
    History doesn't have to be his story. Make it your story, and make things come alive.
     
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    Fino Alex V.I.P Member

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    Great idea! Museums are nice places to be in.
     
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    Alexej Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Looks like a really interesting museum. Good for you
     
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    Markness Young God

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    I went to my museum volunteer orientation today. The coordinator was nice and a pretty young lady wearing glasses also attended to become a volunteer as well. I hope she and I could become friends and maybe she will even become the cute glasses wearing girlfriend I’ve been looking for since I was 22.
     
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    ++1 If this is a thing you’re passionate about then this is honestly one of the best places you can be. You’re engaging people in a social way, hopefully to your betterment and understanding of those around you. Like Victor says, first you have to reach out and find a connection and it’s downhill from there.

    I’ve done one event in first person, going up to Colorado this fall to do another for nearly a week, it keeps you on your toes for sure.
     
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