Benefits of Volunteerism
Today, volunteerism has become one of the most important aspects of students’ lives, which benefits not only personal but also professional skills. When volunteering, students give out their time, efforts, and resources in return for the witnesses of the real effects and changes in the community. Volunteerism brings out diverse benefits which include growth, interaction, and opportunity to discover new things.
To begin with, volunteerism offers growth. It can be seen that those who do a lot of volunteer work tend to have high level of self-confidence and self-esteem. Students need to break their shields and get out of their comfort zone in order to complete the work well, which sometimes require them to speak up or propose ideas. At the same time, volunteerism gives students a sense of purpose. By volunteering, students are helping the community and making a difference to something other than themselves. Volunteering offers something meaningful and worthy of doing, and it is empowering to be doing something that really does matter.
Secondly, volunteering is the great opportunity for human interaction. Students can meet new people and practice social interaction. During volunteering, students are exposed to different types of environment and people, which requires them to be very flexible. They tend to communicate with people they have never known before and work in the team with a specific purpose. Hence, not only their communication skill but also teamwork is enhanced. In addition, students are able to make life-long connection and cultivate friendship with other people, those they are working with and those they are helping. They can meet people from different backgrounds and learn from their perspectives. With those networks, students may be able to gain job opportunities which match their skills and preference.
Lastly, volunteer opportunities allow students to try new activities or learn new skills in order to obtain those valuable experiences that can be used elsewhere. It can provide you with working experience that helps you get into the work force. On the other hand, students may discover new hobbies, for instance cooking, meditating or doing yoga etc.
To sum up, volunteering offers students many benefits that they may not be able to think of. It is worth the consideration for those who want to develop themselves and strive for changes. By doing volunteering, you are being more than just an ordinary student.
Written by Chi Socheata