How to Begin

9 Jul

Volunteering is not unlike a job, a hobby, or a subject of study: you have to LIKE what you are doing, otherwise you will loose interest over time.

So instead of diving into what’s out there, ask yourself the following questions:

–  What do you care about? What excites you?

–  What hobbies or interests do you have that can be an asset for a non profit? For example: Are you a blogger who blogs regularly? Do you sew, run, are you good at writing?

–  Why do you want to volunteer? Do you want to support a cause that you care about? As a student, do you want to gain some work experience through volunteering? Are you looking to network?

–  And then, how much time can you commit? Is it a short term commitment while you are between jobs, or during summer holidays? A weekend a month, or just ad hoc?

All these questions will help determine what type of volunteering would be a rewarding experience for you.

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