Why should I volunteer?
If you find yourself pondering this question, wondering whether or not to volunteer, then look no further! I’m going to share some personal insights as to why you should definitely volunteer!
It’s important to note that while a lot of things are very uncertain about how life will be in September at Warwick, which could affect volunteering opportunities (we will just have to wait and see), there are numerous volunteering options online. The list below includes some opportunities I’ve stumbled across:
- Zooniverse – This is a really cool platform where you can get involved with numerous online research projects. Some of the projects include counting sealife and transcribing old letters. It’s a great way to have fun while contributing to valuable research. https://www.zooniverse.org/projects
- UN online volunteers – there are loads of projects run by UN that need your help! Some are COVID-19 related, some relate to art and design and so much more – check it out! https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/opportunities
There are some great projects also taking part from students at Warwick University, including the Letters for the NHS project started by a Warwick student! Read more about it here https://www.thecrisisproject.com/
So, why volunteer?
- Give back to society – Volunteering is a really nice way of giving something back to society, whether local communities or larger organisations. As humans it can be so easy to become wrapped up in our own lives, which can make us quite egocentric beings. Volunteering helps us step out of our own bubble and work with society, thinking of the needs of others.
- It keeps you occupied – If you find yourself with quite a lot of spare time in the week, why not use some of it productively? In Term 2 I spent around 2 hours a week volunteering in a primary school because I had Wednesday afternoons off. I definitely preferred spending my time productively rather than being sat infront of the TV.
- It’s really fun – I really enjoyed volunteering, and looked forward to it every week. You can choose activities that suit your strengths. I, for example, took part in a programme where I helped children read, and I study English Language so it suited my strengths and I could incorporate what I had learnt regarding sounds to help the children with their pronunciation.
- Employers value it – Having volunteered demonstrates that you have good interpersonal skills and that you have been committed to a project for an extended period of time. Don’t believe me? Check this out! https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/article/3-reasons-volunteering-can-put-you-ahead-of-the-pack#:~:text=SEEK%20research%20found%20that%2095,as%20credible%20as%20paid%20work.
So, I hope after reading this that you’re keen to volunteer! If you want me to discuss my own experience more, feel free to drop me a message!