Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to undertake and you should certainly participate in a form of volunteering if you get the opportunity.
Volunteering allows you to build your experience of working with a wide range of people in a number of different work situations. If it is medical based it can prepare you for life as a medical student and is a talking point for experiences – you can explain how volunteering was beneficial, what skills you have learnt, how you will apply these in different situations.
Volunteering doesn’t always have to be medical based, and it is sometimes impossible due to skills required. Volunteers can provide the personal service for patients that may not be necessary for their medical care, but can add so much to their hospital stay, or visit to an outpatient clinic. Sometimes just being there can assist someone and make his or her day a better experience.
In case you were struggling for reasons. Here are the top 10 reasons for volunteering:
#10: Its good for you
Volunteering is very rewarding, it allows you to focus on someone else and you receive joy from improving someone else’s day
#9: It builds resources
Volunteering in the community is a valuable way to provide service to the community, and improve general aspects of everyday life for people.
#8: Gaining professional experience
You get the opportunity to work in your preferred career and experience professional experience that you otherwise may not have gained.
#7: You meet new people
You get to work with a range of different people all working towards a common goal. It builds teamwork and you can gain great friendships out of it.
#6: It allows for personal growth
Understanding different peoples needs and how your time and help can change their lives will promote your self-esteem and hopefully others.
#5: Volunteering strengthens community
You can support a wide range of projects and initiatives including supporting the community with projects, improving school life by providing mentoring and other tutoring. You can also support people from very young to very old with a range of activities.
#4: You learn a lot
You learn a different way of doing things, which could increase your skills and knowledge; you could even discover hidden talents you didn’t know you had.
You get to work with a number of different organisations including public, private and not for profit.
You are able to gain a range of knowledge of the local environment and resources available to solve community needs.
#3: You get to give back
People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
#2: Volunteering encourages responsibility
Volunteering within the community and invests in the people you meet and the people who live in the surrounding community.
#1: You make a difference
Every person counts.