I understand the argument that offering to work without pay could potentially devalue our profession, but I don’t see it that way at all, and I doubt that most employers do either.
I’ve been fortunate enough never to have been in a position where I’ve been without work, but if I was, I should imagine that volunteering would be an option that I’d seriously consider. All the volunteering accounts that I read in Bronagh McCrudden’s paper from the 2010 New Professionals Conference were extremely inspiring.
Volunteering is a brilliant way to demonstrate your commitment, motivation and initiative. Surely these qualities are extremely attractive to a potential employer. To me, it seems like a good way to keep in touch with professional issues, make new contacts and try something new while waiting for the next employment opportunity to arrive.