Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much – Helen Keller
Millions of professionals donate their time volunteering that impacts the lives of others, but it turns out volunteering is as good for your career as it is to those you help.
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards.
- Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
- Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.
It saves resources:
- Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
- The estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $15.39 per hour.
Volunteers gain professional experience:
- You can test out a career.
It brings people together. As a volunteer you assist in:
- Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
- Building camaraderie and teamwork
It promotes personal growth and self esteem.
- Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
Volunteering, gave me a chance to interact with people from 100+ countries, know about things that matter to people not only in my country, but also around the world, it is important to take the time to highly consider an internship or volunteer experience. Hopefully, you will agree its value can be of great importance to your career. Still not convinced?
You can connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I can share about my learning when I was part of one of the largest student run organization (AIESEC).
Gaurav Gupta, Head of Marketing and Communications, iVolunteer.