Let's learn French: Bénévole ou Volontaire

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There are two words for a 'volunteer' in French: un bénévole ou volontaire.

What is the difference between the two?

A bénévole is a volunteer who offers his time outside of his normal job, often part time. He could be anyone, a student or a professional. He is normally unpaid, and receive minimum legal protections for his services.

volontaire is a volunteer who offers her specific professional expertise for a certain period of time, often for an organisation and often paid for her work.

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