Issa good as usuals!
Ah, Thank God.
Anyway, today I’ve been thinking about what should I write (as usuals, you probably knows my personality by now) and I’ve got interesting topic to write and share it to you! it’s about volunteering. And since “volunteering month” seasons is ended around the corner (it’s from dec 2nd until dec 20th in Indonesia), so why the not?
Basically, I do once pinpoint volunteering in my past writings (I posted it on “What To Do On Summer Break”) and I said “do some volunteering activities” and It would be good if I show you 5 good things that I actually felt while I volunteered.
First of all, believe me, I only did three volunteer activities outside my uni. And one of them was the online volunteering. Even though the activities are not that much in physical motion, but it truly makes me do more since there are lots of activities in it and it was really good.
The main reasons why I started volunteering this year just because all of my friends are doing internship at some company while I myself just got recovery after I sick for almost 2 months, so I thought I might be need some fresh activities before I started going to uni again. Then here I am, talking about how volunteering made me a better person I am today.
So, here frens, the big 5 benefit things I felt when I am volunteering
- Volunteering widened your perspective, especially your relations.
Practically, I am an introvert person. I don’t like to go out often. Especially when I force myself to meet new people. And volunteering sometimes requires lots of people with different backgrounds, right? But believe me, volunteering requires you to do some communications which you need to speak well. basically you don’t need to force yourself to talk to new people. Suddenly it’s just like that. Neither you first to make the move for the conversations, or someone else will. And sometimes, the conversations are just as unique as the way you talk with your best friends, even better. You got new pals to talk, and you probably could talk about anything. Socials, culture, your backgrounds, even politics. And by your conversations, you might probably seen something differently from the opposite’s perspective that will make you feel like, “oh I didn’t know that some people could really think like that” and it will really make you more goosebumps when you are talk to deep talks.
I once felt this when I got the chance to talk with my friends. Yes, she is dominant in socialize that’s why she talked to me first. She talk about a lifestyle that really unique these days: zero waste. While I myself somehow really do some checking about the lifestyle itself and I find it unique while she herself are now doing it . it is really coincidence, right? I don’t know her very much since I knew her for like, only 2 days of activities then we could talk something that we really like! We had something in common as a stranger! And when we felt that we’ve clicked to this deep topic, we talked a lot that day. even we talked about the government regulation system about that lifestyle. And it was really a whole new perspective for me. And I got a good company to talk about that!.
Besides, when you are volunteering, you find someone that could possibly share the same interests as you along as the volunteering activities itself. So if you ever wonder why are you the only one who thought about that, or like something, or something that interests you, you are not. Because I guess volunteering is some activities with a bunch of people who share the same interests.
- You gained new experience
There are lots of types of volunteering, so you might probably want to starts with the ones that you really like to the ones that challenges you!
The kind of volunteering that really made me feel like I gained a new experience that when I volunteered as a facilitator which I require to teach a children about the social skills (mostly, teach about what school didn’t really teach them). and being facilitator is really like, kill two birds with one stone!. I do love kids and teaching kids especially about the social skills one are really challenging!.
You might probably list some activities that you really love to the activities that you might never want to do it. Because when volunteering, you realized that some activities are the ones you didn’t want to do back then. Because I once felt like that!.
- You got new skills
Skills? Of course! Meeting new people, suddenly you are in a little work group, force to talk, to think, to do some group activities? That is some whole new skills you might get! During volunteer you might get to know what kind of leader that you are, even if you are not a natural born leader, suddenly you could lead people! (because this is what happened to me).
This is not activities that I could say that it’s a volunteering but I do once being a leader for some projects WHILE I myself didn’t really good at leading people but I thought of it as a new experience and this is where I could get any lessons to learn (for life!)
The skills you probably get is somehow like leadership skills, communication skills, or that something that requires you to communicate, to think, to presentation and requires to do something to people, with people. It’s a skill development time, everyone!
- Advanced Career
Actually I don’t really feel like that but this is really helps me when my volunteering friends talk about some requirements when you want to apply as a worker at the government. It’s a new thing for me because I don’t feel like the information from my uni are that deeply (or maybe I am not listening lol) and hearing them with the experience really mesmerizes me because I felt like I am ashamed that I already in my early 20s I should know things like this but I felt like I am happy and grateful that I met (older) people with their different backgrounds and talking about working. Even they are give some tips for me while they are knew that I still am having a long way to go.
- Good For Yourself
You might feel the sense of “I accomplished something in life” after volunteering, right? Some feeling that you thought you are already giving back for what you have to other people. Like when people talking and you actually once felt like, you might probably shared your tips on how are you cope with that, how are you faced that problem, and vice versa. Volunteering create the better version of you because you find new activities, new perspective, new friends, and the other new that you might find by yourself while you’re doing that.
Some people might think, you don’t need volunteering as long as your gpa is good or the volunteering activities itself didn’t match to your major. I am absolutely declined that thoughts when (some s*nior) told me like that. Volunteering is a sacred activities. It’s true that not everyone could sense the volunteering itself but to not doing that because it didn’t requires to your major? What? I see the volunteering itself is a activities that I can not do inside the uni. Or some activities that I want to do besides uni. Some activities that I thought it would challenge me because my assignment paper is just a paper. Not everyone could feel the real impact on that. Not everyone can jumped themselves to the new environment that they themselves didn’t know the roads might be. But by volunteering, we could do so much. You might feel less stressed even though it requires you some physical activities. Your thoughts will fresh because you will find some new environment because you do volunteering so that you could find some new activities, right? I might not good explaining this but because I feel overwhelmed to think “volunteering is that good for me to the point I don’t know how to words about it.”
So if you are from Indonesia, you probably want to check the Indorelawan.org because it’s like the portal of whatever volunteering activities that you might probably want to choose! So what are you waiting for?
So that’s it frens, I hope my feelings on why volunteering is important because you got lots of benefits from it is really delivers to you nicely. I hope you had a great day. and happy volunteering!