Volunteering is the act of aiding the community and is a useful experience to have on your CV. Of course, volunteering is beneficial for charities as it allows them to have free help in executing their greater missions to reduce poverty or misogyny in third world countries. It is also beneficial to local people who again have free labour that is helping on account of their own ethics in order to improve the neighbourhood. However, volunteering is also beneficial to you as an individual both academically and mentally.
Many programs require volunteering, such as the Duke of Edinburgh award which requires up to 6 months of volunteering to attend the expedition and earn the UCAS points associated with it. Universities also appreciate it on your CV and will often use these experiences to differentiate you from other candidates with similar grades - just make sure to volunteer in an area that is related to what you might get a degree in.
Other than academics, volunteering is also a great way to meet like minded people of all ages and possibly make friends. It opens your mind to the lives of others and you begin to understand how other people may live; this may be the homeless man who regularly attends the soup kitchen or the elderly woman who works with you in a cancer research store because she lost her husband to the disease.
So, how do you get started? There are many types of places that you can volunteer at and if you’re over 14 it will be surprisingly easy to find one that will accept you.
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Teenagers With Experience is an online platform ran by teenagers for teenagers. We provide support through sharing our own experiences and providing advice based from this. If you need support, feel free to reach out to us on one of our social media platforms. We will do our best to support you and if we feel we cannot we will direct you to more suited, professional support.