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VOLUNTEERING - what and why



WHAT IS VOLUNTEERING WORK?


Volunteering work is mostly understood as "to work or do an activity for a company or organization without getting a stipend for it". Volunteers give their time in return for mainly the benefits of volunteering (please read below further "Why would you volunteer") In some cases the volunteers also get goodies like hats/shirts/pens/bags or other merchandise they can bring home.



WHAT KIND OF VOLUNTEERING WORK CAN YOU DO?


There are a lot of different kinds of volunteering work. For example you can work for charities and help them raise money. Or help environmental companies with cleaning up waste in the desert and at the beaches in the UAE or work in one of the many animal shelters. Do you like to help people, then perhaps you should consider helping the elderly people or disabled people. Also, it is possible to get together with your friends and work and have some fun at a sport-event or other big event just for one or 2 days.





WHY WOULD YOU VOLUNTEER? ***


GIVING BACK

"Most people want to volunteer to improve situations or help people. This is also the same for student volunteers. A large majority of students who volunteer (95%) are motivated by a desire to improve things or help people.

Volunteering provides a unique opportunity for students during their time at university to make a difference to their local community and developing skills and gaining work experience. "


DEVELOPING SKILLS & WORK EXPERIENCE

"For some, volunteering during university can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new and develop skills. Volunteering can help students decide which careers they are interested in.

Developing skills (88%)** and gaining work experience (83%)** are important motivating factors for students engaging in volunteering."


COMMUNITY AWARENESS

"Student volunteers make a significant contribution to organisations and the wider community, especially through the skills and enthusiasm that they bring and the hours that they volunteer with groups and organisations.

Student volunteering can help creating awareness of the student his or her community and help them integrate into the local communities outside of university, breaking out of the ‘student bubble’. 77% of student volunteers** indicate that their understanding of other people had increased as a result of volunteering."


SOCIAL ASPECT

"Finally, volunteering provides a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests and feel part of a community. 74% of students** experienced a wider range of friendships through volunteering."


HAVE FUN

Most importantly, enjoy the work you are doing! This will make your job easier and will enhance the overall experience!




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** IVR Research: https://www.uea.ac.uk/faculty-of-medicine-and-health-sciences/ivr

***Source: https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2016/02/22/the-benefits-of-student-volunteering/