Employers love a candidate with a range of soft skills and luckily, volunteering gives you plenty of those. You are faced with problems on a daily basis, you have to deal with a mix of personalities and all while adjusting to life outside of your comfort zone. This all adds up and helps to improve your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and people skills.

All in all, another excellent reason to get out there and volunteer!

Volunteering, at home or abroad, gives you the chance to vote every day about the kind of community and world you want to live in. It gives you the opportunity to be apart of something bigger than yourself and use your civic responsibility for the greater good.

Without people who are willing to sacrifice their time and skills to meaningful causes, a lot more people and animals would be worse off.

Not sure where to start in your volunteering journey?

Your reason for volunteering should begin where your passions lie. Let your love for animals, teaching or healthcare create positive change in the world.

Allow your actions to be led from a place of passionate intention. That way all the hard work will be worth it, you will be more committed to the cause and as a result, your impact will be that much bigger.

With the new year looming ahead are you finding yourself stuck in a rut? Or maybe you are unsure what to do with your life or what to study after graduation?

You can use volunteering as a reason to get out of old routine and help you figure out what your next steps will be when you return home.

Taking a break, putting your life into perspective and other people first might inspire an idea or spark an interest. You might come up with ideas on how to improve your own community, or discovered a new life calling.

Of course, volunteering is not something to take lightly and needs to be treated with the utmost respect, but it is also fun! It’s a reason to meet new people, embrace cultural traditions and go on adventures.

Combining this with all the altruistic reasons to volunteer, makes for an unforgettable experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Are you ready to get out into the world and spread some good in 2018?

Tips for getting started

First, ask yourself if there is something specific you want to do. 

For example, do I want…
…to make it better around where I live
…to meet people who are different from me
…to try something new
…to do something with my spare time
…to see a different way of life and new places
…to have a go at the type of work I might want to do as a full-time job
…to do more with my interests and hobbies
…to do something I’m good at

The best way to volunteer is to match your personality and interests. Having answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search.

Source: World Volunteer Web

The True Benefits of Volunteerism

  • Expand your network. Volunteering allows you to build your social skills while developing new contacts and referral sources.
  • Learn new skills. Many programs provide valuable training and opportunities to learn new skills, as well as to utilize and refine existing skills.
    Explore new careers, causes and organizations. As a volunteer, you gain the opportunity to learn about a new career field and get exposure to an organization without having to make a long-term commitment. You also get the opportunity to learn more about a specific cause and understand the differences between nonprofit, government and other sectors.
  • Enhance your résumé. Volunteer work demonstrates a track record of relevant experience. Learn more about putting volunteer work on your résumé.
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