1. It’s not for me:
Do you like meeting new people?
Volunteer your time at a retirement home or orphanage.
Do you like to build things?
Build a home or check a dam.
Do you like to teach?
Teach underprivileged children.
Don’t like leaving your house?
Volunteer remotely! Yup, NGO’s are always on the lookout for help from those with specialised skills.
There’s something for everyone.
2. I don’t have the time:
Contrary to popular belief, you have plenty of time for volunteering. Ask yourself:
Do I spend hours watching funny cat videos on YouTube?
Am I watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory?
Do I just lie in bed staring up at the ceiling for no good reason?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you know you have time to spare.
3. It’s difficult:
Another myth that keeps people from volunteering is that they think it’s difficult. Ever heard of skill-based volunteering? It involves using skills that you already possess or use in your daily life to help improve society. Simple enough?
4. It doesn’t make a difference:
You won’t save the world overnight, but that doesn’t make your actions meaningless. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a perfect world.
5. I won’t get to spend time with my family:
Worried about sacrificing family time for volunteering time? Don’t be. You can make them a part of your volunteering efforts. Not only will this help you spend quality time with them, but also help them become responsible citizens of society.
Now that these myths are debunked, are you ready to volunteer?