Volunteering is the act of giving back to those that are in need and in a position of less privilege. This giving back is done in order to benefit another individual or a community at large. However, for the person giving back, there are many benefits one could gain from volunteering. Here below, we have compiled a list of five major benefits of volunteering.
The first benefit of volunteering is skill development. Each person is born with a certain skill and talent. However, these skills and talents have to be nurtured and developed in order to benefit the individual. Volunteering provides an individual with an opportunity to develop their skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, team work, time management, compassion amongst others. These are what is called soft skills. But on the other side of things, an individual could also learn new skills in the process.
Secondly, volunteering makes you feel part of something. In other words, by volunteering you are making a difference in a community and other people’s lives. So often, people complain about issues but we don’t do anything about it. By volunteering one is playing part in making a positive contribution. No matter or big or small but it is a solution that is changing and touching people’s lives.
A third benefit of volunteering is improved self-esteem. By being part of an activity that is making a positive contribution in society, the participants develop self-esteem, confidence and a sense of self-worth. In other words, volunteering gives a person an opportunity to develop themselves into a better person.
By being part of an activity that is making a positive contribution in society, the participants develop self-esteem, confidence and a sense of self-worth.
In addition to this, volunteering develops communities at large. Volunteering is a way of bringing people together to learn about one another. As well to bond with one another through the work of charity and volunteerism.
And lastly, volunteering is good especially for high school and university students. By volunteering in a local organisation, you earn practical experience and reference to add on a resume. It is an opportunity to show a future employer that you are not only interested in money but also in giving back to society.
So do you feel like doing something, go ahead and enjoy this new amazing journey of volunteerism.