Still not convinced that volunteering is for you? Here are ways it can transform your life.
File this under “obvious.” When you volunteer, you are making a true impact on the people affected by your cause. Regardless if you’re taking care of undernourished infants, fostering an abused or abandoned animal, or building a house for a family in need, you’re making a real change in someone or somethings life.
But the impact goes way past the obvious fact that you are helping people. You’re also giving hope. You are giving folks the tools and skillsets they will be required to create a real future. When you rebuild a school after a hurricane, you are also helping rebuild the connections that cultivate there. When you offer a smile, you’re reducing the gap between two people.
One of the most vital things that all humans need is a connection. When you volunteer, you offer that for others and yourself. And really, that’s your true purpose on this earth: to make connections to others. If you go through this life not connecting to anyone, you will regret it at the end.
Learn Something New
While learning new skills to improve your career outlook is one of the most vital benefits of volunteering, so too is learning something new for the sake of just learning something new. It may be discovering how to do repairs on a home or construct one from scratch, or it may be the chance to practice your second or third language skills with native speakers.
Maybe you’ll go behind-the-scenes to learn about animal conservation and species monitoring or see up close the social and environmental problems affecting communities around the globe. Regardless of what volunteer experience you do, there will be many opportunities to learn new social, practical, and communication skills that will help you grow as a human being.