What comes to your mind when you hear the word “volunteerism?” Does volunteerism change the life of a person? Does it play a vital role in the country’s development?  Does it help people from a community or is it something that can cause harm? These are the questions I want to ask.

From my experience, volunteering teaches you things that can’t be taught in classrooms. Take for instance, the ability to work in teams. Being a volunteer allows you to discover new interests, meet people and form your opinions about the numerous things happening around you. By volunteering you become an instrument of change, it widens your horizon by exposing you to different kinds of situations and environments.

As a volunteer,  you begin to realize how beautiful it is to help people who are in need, to be human, to be pure of  heart,  how good it feels to do something worthy without thinking of any form of reward.

Being a volunteer builds self-confidence and lifts up the spirits.  The kind of work and experience gained as a volunteer are often worth much more than what one finds in any other typical line of work. Volunteering makes one feel good.  Helping others has a positive effect on the body, studies reveal.  doing some form of service to others helps you to reduce stress, combat depression, keeps you mentally stimulated and provides you with a sense of purpose. Generally, it improves health and happiness.

Does volunteerism play a vital role in the country’s development?” The answer would be yes because volunteerism allows people to connect to the community and make it a better place for all. Helping out with the smallest tasks can create a real difference in the lives of people, and organizations in need.  Dedicating time as a volunteer helps one boost his/her social skills and paves the way for one to make new friends.

Volunteerism is not about how much you can give to others, it is about filling the world with hope, and by doing so, you yourself will be filled with hope. As famous scientist Albert Einstein said, “only a life lived for others is worth living.”