Why volunteering works? Because it teaches us the humility to serve others. Plus, being selfless in helping people is how mature people change the world.
When is a good time to start volunteering?
Just like with going to the gym, there isn’t an ideal time to start volunteering. For some, like myself, it started with a high school assignment that led to long-term commitment. For others, self-motivation and interest in shaking up daily routine are some reasons for participating in volunteering.
What to expect from this experience
You might form long-lasting friendships, help someone in such memorable way that it will change your life, or learn a life-long skill. Regardless of the quality of experience, what matters is being able to contribute to the well-being of someone else. Doing so without expecting something in return is a real lesson on becoming a self-less, mature individual.
What to do if you don’t like your assignment
Take a break. Or talk to the program coordinator about switching up your assignment. Sticking to the habit of volunteering is about building up the stamina to succeed in your assignment, even when your expectations are different from what the organization you work at needs help with.
Doing multiple projects simultaneously
Sure! If you have the time. Otherwise, stick to one project and be good at it. Whether you’re helping at a dog rescue shelter, or at a cafeteria in a hospital, the goal is to connect with people and help them out.