Benefits of Volunteering and Why You Should Do It
Juggling family, work, hobbies, and personal time is a talent we’ve all developed because of our busy lives. There are some of us who want to make a difference and do good in this world. It seems impossible because of our busy schedule, but we can always make time to volunteer, one way or another.
Is it worth doing?
Volunteering for a good cause will help the community and people in need. But it will also do good for you, mentally and emotionally. Doing volunteer work helps reduce stress, increases mental stimulation, and gives you a sense of purpose you can’t find anywhere else. It doesn’t even have to be a long-term commitment because there are programmes like Frontier gap years that let you volunteer in your free time.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
There’s an endless list of reasons why you need to, at some point in your life, experience doing volunteer work. You can do it locally and if you want, even do it abroad while you’re backpacking.
- Expand your network. You can serve the community in many ways, and volunteering is one of them. Tasks, both big and small, will impact the community, organisation, and those who are in need. And it’s also an excellent way to expand your network and improve your social skills, as you meet new people and make friends along the way. Being involved exposes you to groups with a shared interest, and will allow you to have fun while doing things that are close to your heart.
- Develop new skills. Doing volunteer work means giving your time to do something without getting paid for it. But it also means getting the hands-on experience required to develop new skills. It will benefit you in the long run because it’s a great addition to your CV and will make you stand out from other applicants because you have a skill set that they don’t have.
- Boost your relationship and social skills. Introverts have a hard time socialising and meeting new people. If you want to work on your people skills and do good at the same time, volunteering is your best bet. It’s the best way to connect with people sharing the same interests as you and will be the perfect opportunity to make friends and expand your network. As you go along, you’ll realise that reaching out to other people becomes easier and talking to strangers becomes more manageable.
- Improve mental health. Doing something good for the world gives you a sense of purpose and uplifts your spirit in a way. Volunteering is a good way to improve your mental health because it counteracts the adverse effects of anger, stress, and anxiety. If you want, you can even spend time at an animal shelter, which is proven to improve a person’s overall mood and decrease anxiety and stress levels.
We are all busy with life, but if you can, you should make time to do volunteer work now and then. A few hours a month can make a difference not only to your well-being but to the lives of the people and animals in need as well.