You have probably heard about volunteering. What do you immagine when you hear the word „volunteering”? Helping others, for example children, local schools, homeless animals, people from disadvantage groups etc. But actually have you ever thought that volunteering brings good not only to others, but also to yourself?
Now, after more than 10 years of volunteering experience, I can tell you for sure, that volunteering is not only you investing your time/money/skills in order to help others, but also it is a valuable life experience. Let me tell you shortly my story. If not taking into account occational baby sitting for the neighbour, I started volunteering when I was about 14 years old, helping other people with their dogs. Soon afterwards I joined local youth organizations and from there on, I became a „professional”, rather than occational volunteer. I had a volunteer contract and regular duties and responsibilities. At that time I did it because I was an active youngster and wanted to participate wherever possible, I have enjoyed helping others.
Now, years passed, I am very glad that I did this experience. Actually volunteering put me on my career track. Just immagine, I already had my first full-time job in international NGO sector while I was still studying at the university. Later, before I handed in my BSc thesis, I already got an offer for a work in London. And this all thankful to my volunteering and experience I gained while doing it.
When I started volunteer, I was not thinking about it in this way. Now I can tell – it was one of the most valuable experiences in my life. I was always open and ready for new tasks/adventures.