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BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
The Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development launched its Youth Volunteerism initiative
in May 2012. Volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on your community. But did you
know that it can have many benefits for you too? Here are some reasons to volunteer:
Learn or develop a new skill
Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are really good at and develop
adding to your knowledge just because you are in employment or have finished education.
Planning and implementing a major fundraising event can develop goal setting, planning and
budgeting skills. Supervising and training other volunteers help to develop supervisory and
develop skills with the intention of facilitating your career. Painting a mural or making banners
for International Volunteer Day to celebrate the wonderful and priceless work that volunteers
do could gently push you to discover graphics and art talents. Explore your love for music
and learn to DJ (disc jockey) so you can offer your newfound panache to local youth clubs.
The possibilities are many.
Be part of your community
No man or woman is an island. We sometimes take for granted the community that we live in.
People and societies co-depend on each other for survival but growth of such things as
commercialism is seeing traditional values being disregarded. Communities are suffering due to
the growth of secular societies but at the same time we can really bridge that expanding gap
through volunteering. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on
back? As a volunteer, you certainly return to society some of the benefits that society gives
Motivation and sense of achievement
Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely. Unlike many
things in life there is choice involved in volunteering. As a volunteer you have made a decision
to help on your own accord, free from pressure to act from others. Volunteers predominantly
express a sense of achievement and motivation, and this is ultimately generated from your
desire and enthusiasm to help. Sometimes volunteers are regarded as do-gooders and those
that hold that view also assume that one person can never make a difference. It may be true
corner of the world where you live just that little bit better.
New interests and hobbies
to everyday routine and create a balance in our lives. Finding new interests and hobbies
through volunteering can be fun, relaxing and energizing. Help run a youth radio station or
website for a few hours a week or assist in publishing a charity newsletter. The energy and
sense of fulfilment can carry over to a work situation and sometimes helps to relieve tensions
and foster new perspectives for old situations. Sometimes a volunteer experience can lead you
to something you never even thought about or help you discover a hobby or interest you were
unaware of. You can strengthen your personal/professional mission and vision by exploring
opportunities and expanding your horizons.
Volunteering is a brilliant way to get life experience. Whether you build a library or mail flyers to
raise awareness for a local charity, you will experience the real world through hands-on work.
This guide section has established that volunteers can do almost anything and with the new
millennium has dawned an era of infinite volunteer opportunities. For example, it is possible to
volunteer in developing countries and see the direct impact of your actions on some of the
most vulnerable people of the world. You could skydive for charity, a chance to experience
the ultimate thrill and raise funds to help the charity continue its work.
Meeting a diverse range of people
Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and your co-workers can be a rich source of
inspiration and an excellent way to develop your interpersonal skills. Volunteering also offers an
incredible networking opportunity. Not only will you develop lasting personal and professional
relationships but it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different
environments, and new industries. Networking is an exciting benefit of volunteering and you
can never tell who you will meet or what new information you will learn and what impact this
could have on your life.
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