- Volunteering helps you make important contacts.
|Volunteers take part in the International Volunteer Day Celebrations in Mathare.|
2. Volunteering exposes you to a whole new world.
It's true that when you are a volunteer, you experience different things and learn to appreciate the basic things that we often take for granted. I have never really experienced what it feels like for 20 people to share one toilet and a bathroom. We take a lot for granted and with that comes ignorance. We become so comfortable in our own world that we fail to see what is really happening in society. I am grateful each passing day for basic privileges such as a roof over my head, running water, electricity and so on. Such basic amenities which would bring our lives to a standstill if they were not there are just a mirage to some of our fellow country men.
|Children playing in their school playground in Ngomongo.|
3. Volunteering helps you sharpen your skills
When you volunteer, you sharpen your skills which in turn go a long way in boosting your career and future prospects. For example, if you are already a skilled psychologist, you can volunteer at a women's shelter and provide psychological support. Such an experience can also help you discover new interests that you never really knew you had. As a volunteer, you also go through various trainings and participate in workshops. This will go a long way in ensuring that you are happy while doing your job. The good thing about volunteering is that you only give the number of hours or resources that you are able to. There is no pressure to do an 8-5.
|Participants from various organizations having a fun moment during a Strategic Planning meeting for Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIO) Network held at the Boma Hotel.|
4. The last and most important reason is that Volunteering is fun and helps put a smile on someone's face.
Volunteering is so much fun. You get to meet new people, play fun games, network in a very relaxed environment and learn a lot in the process. Don't forget about how much happiness you bring to someones life by helping out. Take an example of volunteering for an organization that runs a mentorship programme. The feeling you get when the participants tell you how much you have helped them is surreal. And one thing for sure is that those individuals never forget you.
|Children playing games during a Gender Based Violence Awareness training at St. Prisca's School in Korogocho.|
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The International Youth Day will take place on the 12th of August 2014 with the theme "Youth and Mental Health" under the slogan "Mental Health Matters". Youth with mental health conditions face a lot of stigma and this also leads to exclusion and being locked out of opportunities. We will keep our readers updated on how we aim to commemorate the day.