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Evaluation of Formal and Informal Volunteering among Students from Universities in Russia
The general purpose of this research is to investigate the factors that influence the participation of students in formal and informal volunteering activities. A unit of analysis is the student who is obtaining a bachelor's degree at the faculty of social sciences in HSE. The qualitative and quantitative methods have been employed as the powerful methods for obtaining information in order to achieve the research purpose. The qualitative method has included interview with students who are actively involved in volunteering at the university. The quantitative method has included the survey of students from first to forth course. The obtained information has showed that participation in formal volunteering is influenced by socio-demographic characteristics and a range of factors such as the number of NGOs and students’ organizations that students know, and the degree of trust in NGOs. The study has shown that participation in informal volunteering is affected by socio-demographic factors, the idea of reciprocity and social capital. During research the cultural characteristics of students have been defined on the G.Hofstede’s theory of national cultures. Moreover, regression analysis has detected that formal and informal volunteering among students are tend to substitute each other rather than complement. Overall, research focused on the types of volunteering among students in HSE has not been performed yet, the results of this study would be possibly contributed to the future investigations of students’ formal and informal volunteering.