Research Proposal Essay

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Department of Psychology

The Course Leader: HMPYC80

University of South Africa


Dear Sir/Madam

Re: Research proposal: Why do People Volunteer Work.

I am currently associated with UNISA where I am an honours student in Psychology. I have special interest in why do people volunteer work due to some volunteer work I am doing with a home called Botshabelo and an organisation called Stop Hunger SA. I have attached a proposal for further research in this field.

The reasons for approaching you is because I will need funding which I will use to carry out study and for ethical approval for my study.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Rudzani Mashau


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