Studies indicate that the act of giving back to the community boosts your happiness, health and a sense of well being. Spending your time helping your community is a great way to enlarge your views of the world. By engaging yourself in a community and surrounding yourself with people who are dedicated to bettering the world, you can learn a lot about how the world works.

Spending time helping out local shelters or food banks provides an important service to the less fortunate. Giving back to the place you call home helps to untie the community and bridge some of the political, social and economic gaps.

Here are some of the benefits of helping the community as a student:

  1. Volunteering can advance your career

If you are considering a new career, volunteering can help you get the experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. It looks great to employers and it assures the employers that the student cares about their community. Employers are often not willing to employ people without experience and volunteering is an easy way for students to gain experience in a different field. 

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to practice important skills that you can use in your workplace like teamwork, communication, task management and organization. These skills can give you confidence while at work.

  • Teaching you valuable job skills
  • Volunteer work may be unpaid but that does not mean the skills you gain are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide good training. For example, you could become a knowledgeable art historian while donating your time as a museum docent or you could be a teacher while donating your time as an orphan caregiver.

    It can also help you build skills that you already have and use them to benefit the community. For example, if you are working as a successful sales person, you can use that position to raise awareness for your favorite cause as a volunteer advocate while developing your communication, marketing skills and public speaking.

  • Gaining career experience
  • Volunteering can help you try out a new career even if it is not a long-term commitment. You can also gain experience in new field. For most fields, you can volunteer directly at a company or organization that does the type of work you are interested in. for example, if you’re interested in teaching then you could volunteer at a local school. 

    Your volunteer work can also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could greatly benefit your career.

  • Volunteering connects you to others
  • One of the most popular benefits of volunteering is the effect on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect with your community socially, economically and politically and make it a better place. Helping out with even small tasks can make a really huge difference to the lives of people, animals and organizations in need.  Dedicating your time for volunteering helps you make new friends, boost your social skills and expand your network.

  • Make new friends and contacts
  • One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to do a shared activity together. Volunteering can help you meet new people easily, especially if you are new to the area. It helps strengthen your ties to the community and expands your support network. This helps you to get exposed ti people with common interests, neighborhood resources and fun activities.

  • Increase your social and relationship skills
  • Some people are naturally outgoing, extravagant while others on the hand are shy and have a hard time meeting new people and making friends. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to practice and develop your social skills since you are regularly meeting new people with common interests. Once you have good momentum then it is simpler to make more friends and contacts.

  • Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  • A study of decades of volunteering showed that the volunteers enjoyed good health benefits. Compared to non-volunteers who were less likely to deal with depression and had lower mortality rates. Older individuals as well as the young students can enjoy the health benefits of volunteering. Moreover, people who spent over 100 hours volunteering showed remarkable positive health outcome. 

  • It helps counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety
  • The social contact of helping and working with others can have a big impact on your psychological well-being. Connecting with someone can relieve your stress out. Studies also show that working with pets and other animals improves mood and reduces anxiety.

  • Volunteering makes you happy
  • Researches who measured hormones and brain activity discovered that volunteering gives the volunteers great pleasure. It is quite difficult for human beings to give to others. The more you give, the happier you feel. 

  • Volunteering increases self confidence
  • As a student, you will need all the self confidence you can get. Since volunteering means that you are doing good for others and the community, it will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. it can also give you a feeling of pride and identity. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to be positive about you’re your life and future goals.

  • Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life
  • Volunteering is a fun and simple way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work can be a relaxing and good escape from your normal routine. It will give you renewed creativity motivation and vision which can carry over to your personal and school life.

    Many people volunteer in order to make time for hobbies outside school work. for example, if you have school all day long, you can consider volunteering to help walk dogs for an animal shelter or help out at a children’s camp. 

    In conclusion, when it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements. You also have to enjoy yourself since it’s an experience  Volunteering benefits both the students and the community so everyone should try it out.