What you take out of being a volunteer

Apart from the satisfaction you get from knowing your presence is having a incredibly positive impact on the community your based in we explored what else you take out form [...]

Apart from the satisfaction you get from knowing your presence is having a incredibly positive impact on the community your based in we explored what else you take out form being a volunteer.

 

Sense of purpose

When you get paid to do a job it’s easy to settle for something you’re not passionate about. The work might not be satisfying, but hey, it pays the bills. Because volunteering is unpaid work, you’re more likely to spend your time doing something you really care about. If you’re feeling a bit lost, lonely or depressed, channelling your efforts into a worthy cause you’re passionate about can allow you to find meaning and direction in your life while you help others. Even if life is great, volunteering can still give you a sense of purpose and boost happiness.

 

Knowing you’re doing good

You may have heard that old adage, “it is better to give than receive.” Have you ever stopped to help a stranger with directions, or cared for a sick friend or relative and not received anything in return? Didn’t it feel great anyway to help someone in need? Giving up your time to volunteer can be such a rewarding experience knowing you’re using your skills and abilities to do good for others. You’re giving support and hope to those in need, and while you might not get paid to do the work, you do get something in return – smiles and gratitude from those you’re assisting.

 

Being a change maker

Investing a little time and effort through volunteering can have positive long-term effects on people. Even a seemingly small task can make a huge difference to a person’s life. Educating a child will open up new possibilities because with an education they no longer face a life of poverty. Teaching a community to grow food can allow them to provide nutritious meals for their families, and even generate an income from their produce. An individual’s quality of life improves, communities strengthen and future generations face a better future. Volunteer and be part of that change.

 

start your journey to be a change maker

www.africanvolunteeraid.org

%d bloggers like this: