First things first – because of COVID many volunteering opportunities may now be online – so do a search to understand how organizations are making this happen now. Having said that, the opportunities are many, so try not to limit yourself to just one organisation. Be creative, look beyond the obvious and see this as an opportunity to explore and learn.
Some places you can look at include the following (only do this if it’s safe from a COVID perspective)
- At your university: Understanding the importance of volunteering, most of the universities offer an opportunity to volunteer, whether it is on or off campus. It’s a good idea to get in touch with the volunteering desk to understand the options.
- Local organisations: Whether it is an NGO or a private firm, you can seek volunteer opportunities from them which can be the local park department, local museum etc. Ask other students who may have done this before. Also, look online for listings in your area.
- Local animal shelters: If you are an animal lover then you’d love to spend your time volunteering at animal shelter home. Find out such shelter in your area and sign up as a volunteer – again – this may not be the best time to offer your services here, but if you can find a way that’s safe, then explore this option.
In Australia, for instance, voluntary work is recognised as a valuable part of life. In fact, Australians spend about 700 million hours volunteering every year. So, if you Australia is your global ed destination, then you can be sure to find ample volunteering opportunities there.
To look for volunteer opportunities in Australia, you can start with (if you are an intentional student, then before starting check with your university if the particular job is permitted)
- WIRES – This organisation rescues and looks after wildlife in NSW.
- Wildlife Victoria – This organisation is raising money to distribute to shelters across Victoria.
- WFF – This organisation works to conserve endangered species, protect endangered places.
- SEEK Volunteer and GO Volunteer are also popular portals in Australia for finding volunteering opportunities.
Also, many universities offer volunteering opportunities. The Australian National University, for instance, lists many volunteering opportunities on its site that range from mentoring new students to tutoring indigenous students.
When you decide to volunteer, it means that you have decided to take out time and energy. So ensure that you are making the best out of this opportunity.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before starting:
- Ask questions – it’s the best way to learn
- Understand what’s expected of you and deliver
- Do not be afraid to look for a change if it doesn’t fit
- Be yourself and give it your best
If you’ve recently started your global ed journey, then do remember to explore volunteering. It’ll give you more clarity on what you want to do, at present and in the future.
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