By now summer plans are in full swing. Some of you are vacationing or otherwise relaxing, others are working and a few of you are probably taking a summer course. One thing I hope you’ll consider adding to your schedule is volunteering.
There are a few schools that actually require students to accumulate volunteer hours as part of their degree requirements or to complete their portfolios. I can’t think of a better time to work on these hours than summer.
The hours spent in volunteer work can depend on how many hours you have to spare and the agency with which you’re volunteering. Many places will allow you to volunteer as many or as few hours as you prefer, so don’t think you have to commit your whole summer to volunteering.
Even if not to complete school requirements, volunteering has its virtues. You can gain real world experience without the pressure of having to earn a paycheck, you can put yourself in situations with folks of greatly differing background than your own and you can put something back into your own community.
You can volunteer at your local soup kitchen or pantry, animal shelter or your local public radio station – and that’s only to name a few! Get started now by visiting the VolunteerMatch website. I hope you’ll share your stories with me on what you learned during your volunteer experience.
Are you an experienced volunteer and have some tips for the newbies? Let us all know in the comments below!