Volunteering is one of the best ways to add advantage to your personal and professional living. It helps you grow in various aspects of life and brings a sense of value and importance to the things you support and advocate for.
When you volunteer, you are taking one step forward in being the change you want to see. You are able to develop a deep sense of responsibility of the issues that are of concern and knowing that you are doing something about it. There are so many volunteering programmes and all of them are so important and need people to come together and take needful action.
While there are numerous advantages and gains that come out of volunteering, here are some of the key ones –
- Opportunity to learn new skills and abilities
When you volunteer, you develop new skills and abilities. For example, you can increase your computer efficiency if you volunteer at a place that uses computers for their services, or you could learn new things about arts/sports if you are interested in them and want to learn about them. Volunteering will help with mastering your interests into skills. It also generally boosts confidence, communication skills, time management and accountability.
With volunteering for campaigns, mission trips, etc. you get to travel! That is a huge plus of volunteering if you ask me. You get to go to new exciting places and explore, with a sense of adventure and a wonderful experience to enjoy.
- Keeps you active and engaged
Volunteering programmes are the best way to make best use of your free time and stay active and engaged, especially when you don’t know what to do with all the free time you got. School, work and family responsibilities can get burdening, but being able to take time out to volunteer comes as a real reward for the way you use your time. Physically and mentally, it really helps you stay fit and healthy – it makes you feel good about the time and efforts you put in for a cause and at the same time it also brings you physical exercise.
- You build a community
One of the most beautiful things of volunteering – it brings people together. In today’s day and age, when everyone is so busy with their lives that they do not have any time for social interactions, this is a great way to initiate and develop connections and relationships with like minded people and build friendships. You come together as a community and share lives with each other, which is just beautiful.