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Volunteering Tips for Students

Posted Aug 12, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

It’s once again time to start looking for volunteer opportunities. Whether you’re interested in volunteering for non-profits, sports teams, school clubs or associations, there are many ways you can be a superstar volunteer.

1.  Find something that interests you.

You will be more motivated to show up for your shift if you’re excited to be there. You will also be more willing to do the work and seek other opportunities to help out if you enjoy what you’re involved with.

2.  Check your schedule so you can designate specific times to volunteer.

As students, you will have to balance family responsibilities, social engagements, assignments, group projects and extra-curricular activities so be aware of your own schedule. Although you are “donating” your time for a cause, you still need to see the opportunity as one of your commitments. 

3.  Learn more about the opportunity.

Before you commit, learn as much as you can about the opportunity.  What tasks are involved? How much of your time will it require? Is there a minimum time commitment? Do you need to work offsite? Is the organization willing to provide you with a reference letter, if necessary? These are some of the questions you need to ask so you know what you’re signing up for.

4.  Most importantly, make the most of it!

Volunteering is rewarding. You can showcase your skills, learn new things and meet new people.

So enjoy it and learn as much as you can from your next volunteer opportunity!    



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