Consider This my Dear Before You Volunteer ~ By Shatha Akeel


 

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Taking time out of your day to provide a service, help someone, or do something for free is the rent we pay for a room on earth, as the saying goes.

I  heard about volunteer work before, but I was not interested in it. One day, I had the chance to join a voluntary group to serve the elderly and orphans, which opened my eyes to many things I didn’t know about, like some of the existing systems in Saudi Arabia. Also, I got to know some of the citizens’ rights, but the greatest thing I learned from voluntary work was how to be patient and expand the circle of communication. This has given me back a lot of benefits.

So, if you want to do some voluntary work, you must ask yourself some questions to help you make the right choices.

1. What are my interests?

Are there specific issues that interest you and grab your attention? For example, are you into health care, special needs, the elderly, environment pollution, or any issue you might be interested in.

2. What are my skills?

You should know your skills because you have to link them with your interest/s in volunteering. For example, if you are interested in health care, one of the skills that you will need is to have good communication to share health awareness.

3. What do I want to learn from this experience, OR what will I gain from it?

Some people do it to get a new experience, and others want to improve their communities. Think about it and make sure you know what your goal is.

4. Will my volunteering affect my other commitments?

What are the things that need to be considered before committing yourself? Time, flexibilty, location, family, school, work. It won’t be wise to start a generous act like volunteering and not be reliable.

Anyway, I think that voluntary work is one of the most fulfilling life experiences that we must learn from and evolve.

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