Volunteering as a Single in Volunteering Adventures Posted 20 hours ago · Report reply 1 hour ago, chirakawa said: However, if you want to do some serious soul searching on the subject, just ask yourself this simple question. Would I still be here doing this work for no pay even if I had to pay fair market value for the accommodations, benefits, and amenities I am receiving for free? If the work you're doing is important enough to you that your answer is "yes", then you are definitely a volunteer. My best answer is yes, as we do still volunteer when at home, driving about 35 miles each way, 1 or 2 times each month to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, but in all honesty I probably would have done less of it when fulltime if we had not received the free sites. With our budget we couldn't have afforded to do so but would likely have looked for a paid position at least part of the year.