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5 main benefits of Volunteering:
Volunteering makes you feel like you have more time
Wharton professor Cassie Mogilner said : "The results show that giving your time to others can make you feel more 'time affluent' and less time-constrained than wasting your time, spending it on yourself, or even getting a windfall of free time."
Volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills
Skills-based volunteering is an excellent opportunity to develop talents to help you get ahead in your career. In fact, an article in Stanford Social Innovation Review called skills-based volunteering overseas "the next executive training ground."
Volunteering your body helps you have a healthier body
A Corporation for National & Community Service report noted: "Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health... those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer."
Volunteering your experience helps build your experience
Highly skilled professionals like investment bankers and business consultants. Also, volunteering in a new industry will give you knowledge to help you switch fields. And if you want to move from the corporate world to the non-profit sector, volunteering first can help prove your commitment.
Volunteering your love makes you feel more love
Researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and makes you smile - all factors that increase a feeling of love.
If you are interested to become a volunteer, please contact us. SSE will offer you a great selection of options and help to find the most appropriate programme based on your personal criteria.