If you are reading this you have to volunteer at least once, no matter of the cause and the place, just try! Choose a cause which is similar to your personal interests and equal to your own beliefs, try to find something which you feel close to, something which is going to be your personal cause. I believe everyone can find it and once you do just find a way to include yourself. Out there are so many different association and organisations trying to express their beliefs and to help someone with something.
- You can learn a lot
While you are helping other people you will learn so many things first about yourself, I promise you, you will be surprised! Of course you will learn a lot of other people involved too, and not only personal information, but also how to communicate, behave and why not got some inspiration! Usually volunteering has the magic of bringing together very different people which under another circumstances will not have a dialog, so that must be the perfect opportunity to meet a person to look up to. Some projects will involve people from different cultures, countries, regions, what better way to learn something more about a new culture, country, traditions or lifestyle, than to ask the locals. And depending on the cause you will have a chance to understand and learn so many other new things – new ways of teaching, law, cooking, planting flowers or whatever comes to your mind. That is one of the most amazing and exciting things about volunteering!
- You gain experience
When you choose a specific cause you can “try out” different jobs for a while so it will definitely help you realise if it is what you would like to do or not, or at least it will give you some clues what kind of job you have to look for. For instance is you like to be around kids and you are patient, creative and responsible, you can find a job like babysitter or teacher. Also you can put the experience and your participation in your CV, so it can be an advantage for you when potential employes are looking into a thousands of CVs.
- Personal development
I think I must write a separate article only about this one 🙂 Personal development in every aspect – social, emotional, intellectual. Ok just think about it, you will for sure need to learn: how to listen and care (empathy), how to communicate with different people (age, sex, nationality, social status and etc.), how to express yourself (through not only talking but also arts, dance, body language). Sometimes you will push yourself over your limits, and other times you will try hard to keep your balance, but that will help you grow.
- You can meet a lot of new people
And I mean A LOT.. Volunteering is the perfect way for you to make new friends, to get inspired and find people who are willing to help you grow – your mentors, or just super interesting people from who you will learn so many new things.
- You will make a difference for someone else
Volunteering will make you realise that it feels good to do things and to expect nothing in return. Sometimes even if you think you are doing something small, for the other person it can mean the world, and that is the beauty of this story 🙂 And when you see a kid`s smile and shinny eyes looking at you or you feel the warm hug of a stranger, you will realise you got much more in return than you were expecting!
P.S: So if you are a volunteer, keep doing good! If you are not, what are you waiting for?! Go make someone happy today! If you have more questions I will be very happy to answer 🙂