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Five Benefits of Volunteering for Personal Development

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Written by Sophie

In our last post, we just introduced ourselves as a volunteer organization and we thought it would be nice to share just five personal benefits of volunteering for self development but first:

The late Koffi Annan once said,if our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than just wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever. Wise words from a wise man and we couldn't agree more.

So today, we'll just focus on why it's good even for you and not just the world in general.

benefits of volunteering

So what is this volunteering though and why is it so important?

In a layman’s language, volunteering is setting aside time to providing a service without expecting any financial gain.

It is important because it involves you committing yourself and energy for the well-being of the society.

What are some of the personal benefits of volunteering?

There are many personal benefits of volunteering either locally or of volunteering abroad

Volunteering helps you give back to the community, which is a duty we all have.

We live in a world whereby it’s easy to assume that everything is alright in the event that you can easily access your basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and education. Sometimes we fail to realize that there is a whole spectrum of people who cannot access these as easily as we can.

Participating in volunteering activities helps you spend time with such people and experience what it’s like to be in their shoes. It enables you appreciate what you already have and give back to the community.

Volunteering helps you develop more skills and supplements what you’ve learnt in school 

Honestly speaking, some lessons cannot be fully taught in school. Lessons like how to communicate with different types of people needs exposure to the different types of people. Things such as teamwork can be theoretically taught but you only get to learn the importance through engaging in activities that require everyone’s contribution in order to be successful. Volunteering activities enable one to develop a sense of responsibility and builds your confidence.

Volunteering helps you gain new experiences and insights.

Another benefit of volunteering to your personal development that we can't forget is that volunteer activities often require you to go to the places in which you are volunteering and stay there for some time.

Staying at a place away from your comfort zone allows you to see the world differently. You can learn important lessons just by looking at things from not only your own perspective but other people’s as well. It opens up your mind to more possibilities that could make the world a better place.

Volunteering enables you to create connections with other people.

Participating in volunteer activities often allows you to create new networks as it often involves meeting with other different people from different walks of life with whom you share a goal.

Different countries, cities, towns, work environments, organizations, societies, you name it.It is often said that your network is your net worth and what better way to start building that up than through working for a good cause?

Volunteering creates a sense of accomplishment

Another one of the benefits of volunteering is that you can see the results of your work right in front of you which gives you that sense of accomplishment. When you manage to put a smile on someone’s face by giving them your time, seeing a child say the letters of the alphabet correctly after you taught it to them, seeing crops that you helped plant grow steadily, that is accomplishment right in front of you.

So if you weren't too convinced on whether volunteering is a thing you should try, how about looking for a volunteering organization and start the process of making a difference.