Are there any limitations regarding the tasks which can be undertaken by volunteers?
Volunteers cannot undertake the support of SwD on their own initiative. The Accessibility Support Voluntary Service (ASVS) assigns the support of SwD to suitable volunteers based on objective criteria.
Volunteer students offer support to SwD only in matters related to their academic studies. Voluntary support is offered only within the NKUA premises and the exact places are determined in collaboration with the ASVS.
Students wishing to become volunteers must give an interview; they are offered preparatory training for the tasks they are going to undertake.
Under no circumstances can volunteers undertake tasks that are potentially dangerous for them, for the SwD or other members of the academic community (e.g. administering medicines, accompanying SwD in the toilet). Furthermore, volunteers do not provide psychological support services.
Volunteers cannot support SwD in anything they consider unethical (e.g. using drugs, cheating in the examinations) or contradicts anything stated in the “Terms of participation in the voluntary support program”.
Volunteers don’t undertake anything SwD can do themselves (e.g. communication with other members of the academic community).
The collaboration between volunteers and SwD is not expected to evolve into a personal relationship, such as close friendship. Volunteers are persons who help SwD feel comfortable and make friends of their own.
Volunteers communicate directly with the SwD. If the presence of a member of the SwD’s family in the university premises is inevitable, he/she can distance himself/herself during the collaboration between SwD and volunteers; for example, he/she could go for a coffee.
The NKUA does not depend only on volunteer students in order to achieve the inclusion of SwD. The ASVS collaborates with other services and departments of the NKUA, whose aim is to help SwD overcome the obstacles they face, without overlapping their duties. The tasks undertaken by volunteer students are complementary.