Part 1 Importance of Volunteering
The need to be involved in a volunteering experience cannot be emphasized enough. Both the individual and other people gain numerous benefits just from a person choosing to be engaged in volunteering within the community. I also was at that point, where I had no understanding as to why a person would choose to ‘waste’ their time helping others and earning nothing in return until I realized just how significant volunteering is. Through volunteering, I am able to solve some issues without a doubt in my mind about how helpful this can be.
To better understand the benefits of volunteering, it would be important to consider certain aspects from an individual’s perspective. First, many people always wonder and ask the question, “What capability does volunteering help an individual develop?” The answer to this question is simple. For a student to find time to volunteer, they would need to manage their time well so as not to get behind in their schoolwork, house chores, and other personal activities. Therefore, volunteering helps one become a better time manager and be able to juggle many important activities at the same time. In addition, one can improve their personality through volunteering. For a person to devote their time and energy, one needs to have compassion and kindness within them. The good thing about volunteering is that it helps one to have a greater depth of the needs and concerns of others; the more one volunteers, the more they get to be more compassionate and kind towards others. It helps individuals shift the focus from themselves and put the needs of others ahead of their own. I have realized that I have become more compassionate and although I was labeled as selfish growing up, I now realize more and more that people matter. Volunteering promotes personal growth and largely enhances one’s self-esteem.
Perfect examples of experiences that one can encounter are things like cooking for and feeding the homeless. Often people feel that life is unfair to them when they cannot have what they want, but an interaction with a person that does not know where their next meal will come from tends to change one’s perspective of life. It makes one stop complaining and become more grateful for what they have.
Despite all these, another great benefit is that volunteering provides a great opportunity to test out a career and gain invaluable professional experience. Many employers are also on the lookout for certain traits and characteristics in their future employees, whereas such traits can mostly be gained from volunteering. For example, volunteers get to learn the art of teamwork and proper coordination, and no employee that cannot function within a team setting would be helpful to any company. In other words, volunteering equips one with certain employability skills. Additionally, many colleges that offer scholarships appreciate these same skills in individuals, thus making one’s resume stand out from the rest.
It is understood that volunteering is an important aspect of any community. There are benefits, such as bringing communities together by uniting them towards working for a certain goal, which derive from volunteering. There will always be a gap needing to be filled when helping people. Thus, the need for volunteers is dire.
Part 2: Interview Questions
- WHY they volunteer
- WHAT they do
- HOW they got started
- HOW they manage their time
- Their SUGGESTIONS for how a student could get involved.
- Don’t forget you need to address ETHICS by ensuring you ask the person you interview if they are happy for you to use their thoughts and opinions in your assignment.
- Could you briefly tell me what does your organization do for the community around here and what is it involved in?
- Why did you decide to personally volunteer here?
- What prompted you to start volunteering, how did you start, and where did you start?
- Could you kindly tell me, how do you manage to properly find time to volunteer and manage your personal time for other activities?
- If you were to advice students, what would be your take on where they can get involved in volunteering?
- What are some of the greatest challenges you have encountered in your volunteering experience?
- In your experience, what are the benefits you would say are found from volunteering?
- As we wind up, what is your perspective to those people that want to be paid in order for them to volunteer?