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Benefits Of Volunteering That Build Leadership Skills

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In our last post, we talked about how to develop leadership skills while volunteering. The activities you could take part in and the way to behave during the process to achieve it. We have also talked about different benefits of volunteering for example to our mental health, among others. Today, we look at how some of these benefits can transform us into leaders. So here are benefits of volunteering that build leadership skills.

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Volunteering enables networking

One of the many benefits of volunteering is that it gives us the opportunity to network. A volunteer gets to meet with people from different walks of life. Different countries, with different perspectives, different ranks in society and in companies. Interacting with such people enables one to grow as you get to learn different ways of getting along with people who are not necessarily on the same level as yourself, which is what leaders do. You could learn some leadership skills from those who are above you in stature as well and you could learn the art of forming some meaningful partnerships.

Volunteering gives one energy

Another benefit of volunteering that builds leadership skills is the fact that it energizes. As a volunteer, you will often find yourself having to do work that you are perhaps not so familiar with, meaning you have to put in extra effort to learn and get to work as fast as you possibly can. You will also find that you have to work harder than you initially thought because certain projects might turn out to be more demanding than expected. Getting used to this helps you get more energy to deal with difficult situations. In turn, you develop leadership skills as normally, a leader has to work more than everyone else and has to be fast in learning and quick in problem solving.

Volunteering allows you to receive mentorship

During the volunteering process, volunteers who are team members often give each other support, advice and any kind of guidance needed in order for the entire volunteering exercise to be a success. It gives different people a voice which they perhaps wouldn’t have had and allows them to step up every once in a while and take the lead when it comes to different situations as they understand that they rely on one another’s support. When one learns to step up whenever need arises, they develop leadership skills because on a day to day basis it is the job of a good leader to step up and provide guidance.

Volunteering enables one to immerse themself in other people’s culture

Another benefit of volunteering that builds leadership skills is the fact that it provides an opportunity for one to immerse themselves into the day to day way of life of the people in the area they are volunteering in. You get to learn what works for them and what does not and then adapt to it. You will also meet other volunteers from different countries who also have different cultures. This challenges how you think as a person. It opens up your mind and helps you learn to communicate and relate better with different types of people which is a leadership skill.

Volunteering promotes teamwork and partnership

Whenever you sign up as a volunteer, you automatically put yourself in a situation that will have you working as part of a team. You will need to learn to collaborate with everyone else you find yourself with in order to make the project a success. You will also need to learn how to break any barriers that might be existent between you and the next person that could bring about any hindrance to success so that you find solutions together. This enables you to develop leadership skills as a leader often has to work with several different people regardless of whether or not they would like the people in a different kind of setting in order to achieve a certain goal.

We hope these few points on the benefits of volunteering that build leadership skills encourage you to participate in volunteering activities. You would have so much to gain from it.

In case you have any questions or general concerns related to volunteering, contact us at CIVS Kenya and we will gladly assist you.

How To Develop Leadership Skills While Volunteering

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We hope you learnt from the six categories of volunteering that we shared last week. Today, we at CIVS Kenya would like to share with you on how to develop leadership skills while volunteering.

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Get out of your comfort zone

A good leader is one who is not afraid to try out something new, especially if it is going to be of benefit to the people under them. For that reason, it is very important to volunteer and while you are at it you develop new leadership skills as it involves challenging yourself to work in a new environment. It also challenges you to work with new people. While doing these might be tough, it is worth taking up the challenge as they could make you a great leader in future.

Develop your softer skills

It is common for most people to focus mostly on their professional skills perhaps due to the emphasis that is often put on them. However, volunteering gives you the chance to develop your softer skills .This is one way to develop leadership skills while volunteering so it helps to focus on them during the process. Soft skills include positivity, confidence among others which can be obtained through your daily interaction with people. When you develop soft skills, you are able to socialize better with people, a quality a good leader should have.

Learn as much as possible

The thing with volunteering is that it broadens your mind. It makes you see the world in a different perspective and because of this, you get to realize that there is still a lot you do not know. So, if you would like to develop leadership skills, it is advisable for you to learn as much as you possibly can. When you get into the habit of learning, you become a better leader.

Network with people

When you take part in volunteering, you get to meet a lot of new people. This actually presents an opportunity for you to develop leadership skills while volunteering. For you to achieve this, make sure you network with these people from different walks on life. Look at all of them as contacts and use the opportunity to develop your interactive skills as this will be helpful in leadership in the future.

Be considerate and generous

Another way to develop leadership skills while volunteering is by listening to other people’s opinions. It is important to be considerate while addressing the people you meet. Learn to be generous with them as this will help improve the society. This consideration and generosity creates successful leaders.

So, those are just a few ways in which you can develop leadership skills while volunteering from among the many that exist.

If you would like to be part of a volunteer project, contact us at CIVS Kenya and we will gladly help you out throughout the entire process from the day you arrive to the end of your volunteering program.

Here Are Six Types/ Categories Of Volunteering

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We hope our last post on how to find the right volunteering organization was helpful to you. We have spoken about the different places in which you can volunteer and different types of existing volunteering opportunitiesand well, today we are asking, do you know the different types of volunteering?

Volunteering can be divided into certain categories? Whether it’s planting trees, teaching and the many examples that exist, they fall into the five categories that we will be highlighting today.

So here are six types/ categories of volunteering

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Formal Volunteering

These are the kinds of volunteering programs that are run through a carefully structured and supervised way. Often times, they are long term and usually require great commitment and regular attendance from the volunteers. They usually involve trainers, supervisors and even managers. These people are necessary in the recruiting, training and supervision, then also check the outcomes of the volunteering period. These kinds of volunteering programs involve a lot of policies and procedures.

Non-formal Volunteering

This type of volunteering usually does not too many structures. It is most common in unstructured settings or those that do not receive any kind of funding. It is very common among local communities. Non-formal volunteering is usually looked at more as an act of kindness where the main goal is just to be of some kind of help to the local people. Most people who participate in this just see themselves as friends, family or members of the community.

Volunteering In Governance

This type of volunteering entails provision of either leadership or direction to a given organization by volunteers. The volunteers are often tasked with the role of planning as well as decision-making throughout the organizations in question. In most cases, those who go for this type of volunteering usually pick organizations in which they have experience in the type of job done or those in which they have some type of advocacy in relation to the organization’s focus.

Social Action Volunteering

This is the type of volunteering that involves the coming together of volunteers united by a common goal or some kind of advocacy. The volunteers often see each other as comrades. Some could have a set structure while others do not. It also does not involve regular hours of volunteering. However, it involves a lot of passion and zeal attached to the specific cause. The volunteers often work hard towards achievement of a specific social good or change.

Project Based Volunteering

This type of volunteering involves time frames. The volunteers participate in different volunteering projects that have different time frames. For a volunteer to take part in a given project, they need a certain set of skills so as to achieve the goals that will usually be very clearly defined. It in most cases involves presence of coordinators, who instead of working as the managers, work with the volunteers instead.

Gap Year Volunteering

This is a type of volunteering that is usually targeted towards the youth, mostly students with a desire to experience what it’s like to work for or with a non-profit. In most cases, they join volunteering programs abroad. They work within a given time frame in which they live with the people and even immerse themselves in the communities’ local cultures.

We at CIVS Kenya hope you have gained some insight as to the types of volunteering that exist. With that, you can make a sound choice.

For more information, contact us at the Centre For International Voluntary Service and we will gladly assist you.

Have a great week ahead.

Volunteer projects 2020

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CIVS is happy to inform you that the short-term (workcamp) and long-term projects for the year 2020 are ready and are being updated on our website. We are looking forward to receive volunteers from all over the world to participate in projects of their choice.

For more information or queries on any of the projects, please contact us hereand we will gladly assist you.


How To Choose The Right Volunteering Organization

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We hope you learnt something from our last post on the benefits of community development to children . Today we talk about another very important topic. Whenever you find yourself thinking about volunteering abroad, it is inevitable to think of the right volunteering organization. You’ll probably wonder about how to choose the right volunteer organization.

So, when you are thinking of the right volunteer organization to choose it is important to consider the following factors:

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When thinking of a volunteer organization, consider the amount of time you have that will be set aside for purposes of volunteering. We all inevitably have time restrictions and well, different volunteer organizations have different programmes for which they allocate different amounts of time. They could be either long-term or short-term. It is therefore very important that you are realistic with your time especially because you will be in a foreign country. In case you want to explore the country, it is worth considering how long you can allocate to tourism in such a way that it will not affect your volunteering and the right organization will be able to arrange this for you.


When you are thinking of how to choose the right volunteering organization to go with, consider the location. Different people have different preferences in terms of location. In the same way, different volunteer organizations usually have different projects spread across different regions of a given country. It is therefore worth checking the different locations where each organization operates, consider the terrain, weather, type of people there before you make a decision on which one to go with.


While thinking on how to choose the right volunteering organization, consider the skills you have that you would like to share with the community then look at the type of projects the organization has. If you are a teacher or good with languages, you might want to consider a volunteer organization that has schools as part of their projects. If perhaps you are a doctor or a nurse, you might want to consider a volunteer organization that works with health centres, dispensaries and the likes. There is usually diversity and it is definitely worth being clear about your objectives so that you get the right opportunity.

Look more into the organization

Every volunteer organization is different. Some are non-profit while others are governmental. Some are big and have existed for years while others are still in their developmental stages. Some are global and might have structures that are a bit complex, others are national while others are just simple grass root organizations. They all have different structures and will usually offer different levels of support for their volunteers.


It is also very important for you to be very realistic when it comes to your budget.Different volunteering organizations will usually charge differently for their different projects and programs. It is therefore very important to look carefully at how much you have especially if you will be going to a different country. The last thing you need is to get there and suddenly get stranded or go there and realize you cannot participate in your dream project.

We hope you have found this information useful in case you would like to volunteer abroad.

The Centre for International Voluntary Service is a volunteer organization offering both long-term and short-term volunteer projects. We have different projects across Kenya that are different in variety.

In case you would like to volunteer with us, contact us today and we will gladly assist you.