Summer is upon us, and you may be thinking about what you’d like to do while college is on hold. Work, travel, and relaxation are probably on the menu, but have you thought about volunteering? Summer is ripe with possibilities for college volunteers, and there are plenty of benefits for those who participate.
If you’re set on world travel, consider a volunteer vacation. It’s a great way to see the world while at the same time giving back. You can build schools in remote villages, save sea turtles on the beach, or spend your time helping out on a countryside farm. Gather a group and work together on a mission in a faraway location. These experiences not only offer you travel, but also a great way to experience the country you visit from a different perspective than tourists. You may even make lifelong friends around the world!
You don’t have to travel around the world to make a difference, though. Volunteer opportunities can be found right at home. There are many people that could benefit from your volunteering time in your area. Look for non-profit organizations that need your help. You can spend your time working at an animal shelter, serving food to the needy, or visiting with the elderly. Many volunteering opportunities can be arranged on a full time, part time, or limited schedule, so you can do what you can when you have time. You can even make an impact on a smaller level by participating in one day events like walk-a-thons.
Volunteering is a great idea for so many reasons. You’ll feel good about what you’re doing-volunteering’s reward is the knowledge that you’ve done something selfless and generous for others. It’s a great way to connect with the world, or your local community. You can meet people, make friends, and learn more about the world around you. Volunteering is also excellent for your resume. It shows what you care about and that you’re willing to work to make a difference. And who knows, you just might have a great time doing it!
This summer, think about donating your time, whether it’s a little or a lot, to an organization that needs your help. Volunteering can provide you with rewards that extend beyond the summer and can follow you for a lifetime.