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Doing Volunteer Work In College
Student organizations and clubs lay out a great platform for students to meet their peers and interact with like-minded people, who can become their friends for life. When you join a club, you will have to dedicate some time to attend club meetings, charity and fundraiser events, etc. Although at times, it gets a bit taxing to manage both academics and extra-curricular activities, the experience is worth the trouble because you get to make friends, learn a lot and ramp up your resume. Volunteer organizations like any other clubs are a great way to interact with people, obtain work experience and help other people.
In college, as a new student, I singed up for quite a few clubs. As the time went by, I realized I had to keep only the ones, I am really interested in, and so I backed out from a few clubs. Although I enjoyed being a part of a club, I wanted to gain work experience outside the campus. As an international student, I was not allowed to work off-campus, and so I wanted to do volunteer work. I knew I would have to plan and take hours out of my busy schedule for the work, but I was highly motivated to do so, and I did not find it that hard.
In my junior year, I volunteered at the Latin American Community Center to teach Latin American citizens English. Every Tuesday I would do a carpool, along with a few other volunteers and drive to the center to be an English tutor. I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed the work, and I learned a lot in return from my student. He was a teenager, who was determined to learn English and make a living in a country, that spoke a foreign language. I taught him how to pronounce and write English alphabets and grammar. Although he struggled with learning the new language, he religiously asked questions, and for homework, as he wanted to practice continuously even at home. When I asked what he did besides learning the language, he said he worked all day at a restaurant and came to the community center at night to learn. I remember being very moved by his strength and courage.
I met many schools-going kids and college-going kids, who fell into a destructive pattern of bad habits, parties and drinking. Even many of my peers I met in college took academics lightly and paid more interest in being accepted as cool. I honestly think that the teenage kid was a breath of fresh motivation for me back then, and I was very proud to be his tutor and help him.
Students choose to be volunteers for many reasons. Some do it to gain experience, but many do it for experiencing the pure joy of helping other people. While I was a volunteer, I had the pleasure of meeting dedicated students who took time out of their busy schedules to make a difference in other peoples’ lives. There are different types of volunteer work. Some organizations help clean and make a community healthy. Some organizations send students to visit orphanages and old-age homes to keep their residents company. You can also choose to volunteer for a charity event through your student club. Hence, there are a lot of ways to participate in volunteer work in college. Be sure to choose a job that best suits your schedule and personality.
I became a volunteer for gaining experience and to learn something new. I did gain experience and something more than. I gained motivation to do and be better and more importantly I gained a positive perspective on life.
Wed, 2012-01-11 21:39#2
Volunteering is a Wonderful Thing
Volunteering is such a wonderful thing for both sides. It allows people to be helped, and you can gain so much from it. I also joined many clubs my freshman and sophomore year, and it took so much of my time. I enjoyed all of it, but I had to decide which clubs were important to me as well. Making a difference in other people's life is something that you will always remember and cherish. You could also volunteer your time to a club that does pro bono work in your field. This way, you gain valuable experience that will do wonders for your resume. I was in advertising, so I volunteered my time at the student advertising agency which did all of the advertising for the campus. Any club or department that needed an ad we were there. My most memorable experience was volunteering my time to teach the orientation class for freshman. It was implemented to help incoming students find their way as college students. It was a lot like this site but in a classroom. I learned a lot about it, myself and college classes from both sides. Anything that you volunteer your time is worth it. Just make sure, it doesn't take over your studies, which will make your grades fall.
Mon, 2012-01-16 18:29#3
Volunteering warms the heart and mind
This blog was right on, navyatha. Volunteering is something that can make everyone involved feel good about helping someone out of the one being helped. Volunteering allows you to learn from others and why this is something they do. Giving of your time for others makes you feel a great deal of accomplishments in your personal life and considering others is good for your heart too. Volunteering can be done in any forms and on any level, someone or organizations are always needing a helping hand, in one way or another. I always say volunteer in something you're passionate about because you will put all into the effort, but every now and again you will have to step outside of your comfort zone to volunteer places where it is needed the most. As stated by JackieCheuvront this kind of work does look good on your resume. Even if your working experience skills are minimal those volunteer services will outshine on your resume because it is a reflection of your initiative in the area of charity work. If volunteering is a way of life for you on campus keep it up and this is something than can be done well past college, someone will remember you and need your assistance, in one way or another. Denia
Sun, 2012-01-22 21:31#4
Volunteering is a great way to utilize free time in college. It not only benefits the receipients of your work and time, but it definitely benefits you and your resume. I think volunteering is definitely something to consider as a college student because it gives you the skills and the experience you need to take on any kind of future employment. In as much as volunteering does not formally pay in terms of money, it does pay and it pays long term because it keeps you active and it improves your college resume There are lots of opportunities to volunteer. It doesn't have to be with an organization/ company. It can be a student organization or just a group of initiative students. In my college we have a department known as the center for community leadership. I'm sure they have the same kind of department in most campuses. So, for the freshmen out there, I know finding internships can be a bit frustrating because of lack of experience. That is precisely the reason why you should try volunteering because with volunteering you acquire the skills that any internship could offer and the payment is long term as it gives you an edge over your fellow colleagues who have not attempted volunteer work...plus its tons of fun, and a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
Wed, 2012-02-29 01:19#5
Volunteering is when you give your time and service to an organization or a community without expectation of any financial benefits. As a high school student we did a lot of volunteering job. Some of the job was meant to inspire elementary school students others involved cleaning the park. Having this on your resume will definitely make the employer open their eyes more to you as an applicant. Thus increasing your chances of getting the job you are applying for. There are many ways to volunteer your time and service to your community or an organization. If you plan to limit your volunteering job to your community then you don’t have to look no further than places that house elderly and homeless people. During the holiday season, these places are always in high demands for volunteers who are willing to help with making and distributing food to this people. You can also give your service to parks in your neighborhood. For those who are looking to venture outside their neighborhood, there are a number of places that you can go to volunteer. At the top of this list is UNICEF. This is a worldwide organization that requires people who are willing to provide their support not just in the America and Europe but in other continents around the world. So if you are really interested in volunteering, you can always find places within or outside your community where you can go to provide your service. Nothing beats the feeling you get when you know your actions are helping others.
Fri, 2012-04-13 21:46#6
When you were in high school,
When you were in high school, you were most likely exposed to volunteer opportunities in one form or another. You absolutely will be in college. And unlike high school volunteer opportunities, college volunteer work can actually be pretty awesome. In high school, the majority of people are under the age of eighteen, and this places a lot of limitations on volunteer opportunities due to liability reasons. In college however, these limitations are dissolved. Opportunities such as animal shelters, outdoor maintenance, and even ones that require traveling abroad are opened up. My college offers multiple abroad volunteer opportunities. These programs go to places such as France, China, Latin America, England, and New Zealand. A lot of these countries have temporary teaching positions available so that some classes can either be taught in or supplemented in English. There are usually more than just teaching related positions available; you just need to ask someone at your college for more information on any available opportunities. In college, volunteering is something more than just a bit of resume padding. The experiences equip you with social and physical skills that can last you a lifetime. It also adds to your personal repertoire of awesome college stories!
Tue, 2012-04-24 05:30#7
Doing volunteer work is
Doing volunteer work is another time consuming activity in college. But even though this may be too time demanding, many still choose to do volunteer work for various reasons. Many volunteer just for the experience, some so that they can write something on their resume and a few really wants to help. Volunteer work is a big addition to school life. In college, there will be a lot of volunteer work to choose from, and when I say volunteer work, I don't only mean participating on outreach programs and the like. Being an officer of an organization is also volunteer work. You don't really get something in return when you become an officer. But there are many benefits of being an officer. You many not notice it now but you will soon realize it after college. First is that this will make your resume more impressive. Second, you get to interact with many people. You would know how to properly deal with people.You will meet a lot of people and I am sure that you will meet these people again in the near future. It is great to have many connections. Also, the leadership experience is a huge huge plus!
So if you think you can manage, do volunteer work!
Wed, 2012-05-16 17:11#8
re: volunteer work.
I think that volunteering does a number of things other than helping the community. Obviously the work that you are doing betters whatever service industry you are working in, and DEFINITELY makes the lives of others easy and more enjoyable, but it also helps to enrich you and make you a better person. There are many people that go through life and have never experienced anything outside the realm of existance that they are most familiar with. That is frightening! Can you imagine going through life never experiencing anything new or different and being fine with it? It's not that they are ignorant, either, they just don't realize that there is anything else out there other than what they currently know. Volunteering helps people like that get out into the real world and see that there are more important things besides themselves and their personal concerns. It also reminds people of their own humanity and the things that they have to be grateful for. My highschool required 4 hours of volunteer work every week and although the time obligation frustrated me, I also felt like it made me a much better, significantly more humble individual that was much better at coping with things out in the real world.
Thu, 2012-07-05 17:05#9
As you might have figured it
As you might have figured it out, volunteer work means without being paid, from your own pretty little will. It might not look like a good idea to you but the employers are looking for such jobs in your resume.
Do not look at this work like it is a waste of time, it is really not. This volunteering will make you feel better. It will make you feel like you are helping, and your reward is a spiritual one. If you work at a shelter, near dogs or any other creatures that do not have an owner you will smile all the time, because those animals will start to love you and they will not be shy in showing their affection.
Your resume is the most important paper in your life. On that paper are written all your qualifications, diplomas and also all the extracurricular work you have been doing. It does not matter how old you are, you need this volunteer work just in case.
Do not imagine that if the boss sees on your CV that you did volunteer work, will not pay you, it is exactly the other way around. You might get a bigger salary and that will really make you smile. It is funny how showing that you are not interested in money will bring you more money.
Sun, 2012-07-22 13:12#10
Volunteering is awesome
You most certainly have heard it before: volunteering opportunities have great benefits, and you should take advantage of them. However, you might have found yourself wondering why you would even consider it, when you could just get a part-time job or freelance. Well, I’d like to emphasize those benefits you’ve been hearing about. First of all, it’s a great way to develop a new skill or sharpen the ones you already have. I know you’ve been eyeing that part-time job, but what experience do you have? Volunteering shows your employer that you are ready to take on responsibilities and work hard just for improving your skills. It’s a big plus on the resume and it’s a great topic of discussion for that future interview. You’ll also meet many new people, network a lot, and it will give you the chance to experience new things. You can work in multi-cultural environments and be more open to communicating, you might learn how to brainstorm better, and interact with others on a different level. This will also boost your career options and open new doors. Give it a go. Your self-esteem and resume will thank you for it. Volunteering is also a fantastic way to send a positive message to your family: you are becoming more responsible and are perfectly able to make your own choices, while still respecting and caring for others.
Sun, 2012-08-26 01:38#11
Volunteering is an awesome
Volunteering is an awesome thing, it is definitely a great thing for all parties involved. You get the great feeling of helping someone that is in need, and doing it without woryying about payment, or becuase you have to be there or anything like that you are volunteering your own time to help others. not to mention it definitely looks good for getting into good colleges as well as on resumes for when you are getting a job after college is over. And these days with the internet its so easy to find oppourtunites in your area, probably the same way you found this website, just google it and see what is around your area .if you have thought about doing it but havent yet you should go most everywhere is nice friendly people mostly volunteers just like you that want to help. You wont regret it I promise