Why Should I Volunteer?

“Volunteering is a great way to further a cause, support an organization, and make a difference in your community. It can also be an opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. If you'd like to give something besides money, consider lending your time and talents to organizations that are important to you”.

 

Why should I Volunteer?

Here are some reasons why you should volunteer:

  • Rewarding

    Volunteering gives you an opportunity to make a difference to young people’s lives at a YIC. You can also use your skills and experience to help and enrich the local community.

  • Improve job prospects & employability

    Volunteering can enhance your future employment prospects and enable employers to see that you have developed the necessary skills you may need in their organization. It is especially useful when completing application forms and during job interviews to illustrate the skills you have developed through these voluntary experiences.

  • Experience

    Volunteering would give you a chance to get experience in a particular field you would like to work in. example: Youth work, Office Administration, Community Work, Social Work, Guidance Counseling etc.

  • Training

    Many of the volunteer projects will include training, which will be useful both on the project and in later life.

  • Experience diversity

    Volunteering would give you the chance to meet people both from within and outside Jamaica who you would not normally come across.

  • Influence career choice

    Volunteering gives you the opportunity to test out potential career choices.

  • Opportunity for training and development

    Volunteering provides you with development opportunities that are not always possible with paid employment, for example; communication and people skills, organizational and time management skills, planning and budgeting skills. It can help open up fresh opportunities and is a way to explore new career paths.

  • Builds links with organizations\Networking

    Volunteering can help you build links with particular organizations like HEART Trust, NYS, CSJP, JBDC, JCDC, Ministries of Government and specific community organizations.

  • Have fun!

    Volunteering is fun and fulfilling, allowing you to experience many diverse opportunities not always available to you elsewhere. For instance the Drama Club, Chess Club, a Band, Advocacy Club, Football Team etc.