The Pleasures of Voluntary Work
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Voluntary work is something which has interested me for a long time. When I left school my parents paid for me to travel to China to teach English to kids in an orphanage before I started work or went to university. Some of my friends laughed at me for being packed off on such a weird trip but it turned out to be the greatest gift anyone has ever given me.
I learned a huge amount on that trip and discovered that doing voluntary work is now a vocation which keeps on calling me. I now fit in as much time as I can doing stuff for the local charities of for the wider community. Here are a couple of the greatest pleasures to be had from doing this kind of work.
Feel Good About Yourself
It might sound selfish, but the person doing the volunteer work gets as much benefit from it as the person who it is aimed at. From time to time I like to think that those Chinese kids still remember me and are grateful that I helped them start to learn English. However, the truth is that I am sure I remember them more than they recall me. It is an amazing feeling to help out someone else who has been less fortunate than you in one way or another. At first I felt a bit guilty about enjoying my trip to China so much but when I got home my parents told me that I had done a great thing and that I should feel good about it. Now I enjoy doing voluntary work and I don’t beat myself up about this. You can also learn a lot of new skills doing this and use it to open up your career horizons.
Help People (and Plants and Animals)
This should probably have been the first point, but I wanted to make it clear that I get benefits from the work as well, rather making it seem like something completely selfless. Of course, it is a marvellous feeling to see that you have made some sort of difference to someone’s life as well. You can help all sorts of people (and animals and plants) through this kind of work, both directly and indirectly. I would encourage anyone to try and do some voluntary work. It might seem something which other people do but you can do it a well. Whether you have just left school and want to see the world or you have a few spare hours a week, you can use your time and your energy to help others. There are many different sorts of project, so there is something for every taste. This could mean teaching English to kids like I did, helping out in a charity shop, going to an animal rescue centre and looking after some animals or going to the rainforest and planting some trees. The world needs your help and there is a lot you could do, even if you aren’t yet aware of it.