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Why should we volunteer?

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  University students have busy lives; with studying, assignments and working on the side, but that doesn't mean you have no time for anything else. I myself am a second year student at ARU and I feel I have too much time on my hands, so what else is better to take up my free time than volunteering. I have volunteered in schools and now have experience in dealing with children aging from 5 up to 14 years old. This has easily given me experience in my field of Psychology, improved my communication skills and boosted my self-confidence. It also gave me a sense of pride that I was actually helping these kids not just in their learning, but growing up as well; learning social skills. The fact that I will be remembered by them as someone for them to look up to is an elevated feeling.

  Volunteering has benefits for everyone, whether you’re an introvert, chatty, outgoing or a hard worker. It can benefit you in your education/career path as well as in your personal life. For example those who are shy might open up when they volunteer and become more self-confident, or those who are super chatty might feel like listening to other people’s problems; it has a universal benefit. Volunteering can also develop your CV in your extracurricular activities, develop your skills in communicating with others, meet new people and make contacts.

  I believe Volunteering is something everyone should take part in, to give something back to the community and also to feel like you are a part of it. It doesn't have to all the time, even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. Go around and have a look at your community, see what goes on and I know you will see plenty of little things you could be doing to help!

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