why should students volunteer?

why should students volunteer?

Students on Enviro Trips help keep forest free of garbage

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi

While a lot of people might make excuses for ‘not having the time’, volunteering has an enormous number of benefits. Some of the benefits are as follows:

BENEFIT 1: – Volunteering helps in personal development and growth

Making a change in society is one of the biggest benefits of volunteering, it is a two-way street. While you make a change in society and give back to the community, volunteering helps volunteers develop as a person. Volunteering includes connecting and working with a group of people. It is said that constantly working with a group helps volunteers, those who are not outgoing, to be more open and practice and develop their social skills. Expressing your opinions leads to one being confident in front of others. This helps all types of people in society whether it is the student class or working class as their well-developed skills help them strive in all aspects of life.

BENEFIT 2: – Employers and colleges seek those who volunteer

This benefit is directly related to the first benefit. While employers are taking job interviews or students are applying to colleges, being able to voice their opinions, good communication skills and teamwork are some of the main skills sought. Seeing volunteering experiences on resumes and college applications convey that the student has all the necessary skills required for being a part of a company or a college.

BENEFIT 3: – Volunteering has a positive effect on mental health

Depending on the type of volunteering (for example community service), volunteering affects your physical health. These days people are more likely to face depression and anxiety due to the increased competition in society. Volunteering helps reduce depression and combat feelings of anger, anxiety, and sadness. Studies have demonstrated that volunteers experience a “helper’s high”—a prolonged feeling of calm, reduced stress, and greater self-worth after helping others —and overall life satisfaction is higher among those who volunteer.

BENEFIT 4: – Volunteering gives a head start to one’s career

Volunteering positions taken in a specific area of interest can help people meet other people with similar interests and increase their network circle. Moreover, it helps gain skills and polish the skills that have already been acquired. Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training. For example, you could become an experienced crisis counsellor while volunteering for a women’s shelter or a knowledgeable art historian while donating your time as a museum docent.

Where to start?

Apart from the benefits mentioned above, volunteering is just fun! If looking for a hobby or a way to spend time doing something fun while being productive, volunteering is one of the best options available to people.

There are a large number of different volunteering opportunities available. Some of the examples of volunteering options include working in Animal Rescue Shelters, Teach Children, Help on Construction Projects, Help on Construction Projects. Due to a large number of options available, starting volunteering may be overwhelming.

Before taking a volunteering opportunity, think about some questions like what do I want to achieve out of this volunteer experience? Do I want to improve my career-oriented skills? Do I want to pick up a new hobby?

Questions to ask before starting volunteering

Is something specific I want to do?
Do I want to make changes in my neighbourhood?
Meet people who are different than me?
Try something new?
See a different way of life and new places?
Try a new field for my career/interests?
Do more with my interests and hobbies?
To share something, I’m good at?
How much time am I willing to commit?
What skills will I bring to a volunteer job?

The best way to volunteer is to find a match with your personality and interests. Having answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search.

How to motivate students to volunteer?

  1.  Take up volunteer programs that interest students so they stay motivated
    In order to keep the students engaged in a volunteer opportunity, they should be given tasks that interest them. This will drive them to finish the volunteering job full-heartedly and take up more volunteer work in the future.
  2. Add volunteer hours in the school program especially for younger students.
    Being younger they have a wide range of different opportunities to explore. At that stage, they can explore different areas like medical, IT, journalism, etc. This will help them find their area of interest while having fun and making personal development
  3. Show them that they can make a difference.  A lot of kids are interested in knowing the fact that they can actually make a difference. This will also keep them interested in their work.
  4. Be a good role model.  By being a good role model, you should make sure the student achieves most out of their internship. Improving performance, self-growth, and helping them find their area of interest are some of the things that a mentor should keep in mind.
  5. Show them they can take charge and be a good leader.  Give students small tasks and put them in charge. This will also allow them to improve their leadership skills and learn skills like teamwork, listening to other members, empathizing, etc.

Students on Enviro Trips help paint a rural school

Envirotrips – Involvement with volunteering

We encourage our students to volunteer and get hands-on experience in the environment of the region of the trip. We understand the gravity of the situation in today’s world when children have become completely detached from the real world and immersed within their devices.
We aim at keeping the connection between the children and the environment as fresh as ever by introducing them to Clean Lake Drives, Bird Watching, Fresh Water Lake field studies, and even various workshops on the topics that matter the most when it comes to the environment. In the past, we have let our students experience the environment full-fledged which even includes educating them about tribal art, tribal culture, meeting some amazing and genuine people of the tribal community.
Our goal is to continue on this path and rejuvenate the relationship between the fun of school trips and the education one gets from inside and outside the classroom.

“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help”
– Heather French Henry



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