A host organisation should preferably have only one designated and trained person as the volunteer supervisor who will have the personal abilities and experience to do the planning, recruitment and orientation, as well as being able to provide support, supervision and recognition of the youth volunteers' contribution.

Because the quality of the relationship between volunteer and supervisor is so important, the host organisation should very carefully select volunteer supervisors and ensure that adequate resources are available for the supervision of volunteer efforts. Supervisory costs are likely to be the highest of all those associated with the management of the volunteer programme.