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There are around 6 million Australians who regularly do volunteer work for not-for-profit organisations every year. While this may sound amazing, it is also good to know that a substantial number of Australians are willing to help out others with their valuable expertise and time. The pleasure of giving and making a difference is indeed very rewarding, and it can be a powerful motivation for volunteering.
Volunteer organisations like the Volunteering Australia (www.volunteeringaustralia.org) play critical roles in systematically organising volunteering activities in the country. Through not-for-profit organisations like these, you can find volunteering opportunities that allow you to leverage your skills to contribute and help people in your community, or wherever it is needed.
You can go door-to-door in order to raise funds, go to a nursing home to pay a visit to elderly people, or volunteer as a personal assistant to an executive of a charity – the possibilities of contributing as a volunteer is immeasurable. Besides volunteering for a not-for-profit organisation to support a cause that you deeply believe in, volunteering can also help you gain new experience in an area where help is needed; and make new friends.
You could try volunteering in more than one activity and stick to the one that gives you the most contentment. This will also help you meet people who believe in the same causes.
Volunteering your skills abroad can bring a new meaning to donating your time as there are hundreds of overseas volunteering organisations who would be happy to welcome you aboard as a volunteer. For example, volunteers who are qualified to teach English are highly sought after. In fact, many international volunteering organisations provide food and accommodation for volunteers who are willing to help out in remote communities. There are some volunteer opportunities that enable you to do so virtually through your computer using the internet.
Before deciding to get involved in volunteering, take a moment to consider what expertise you have, what seems interesting to you, and how much free time you have to contribute. It may be possible to volunteer in a way that becomes a family activity.
You can easily find volunteering opportunities in your local community by visiting GoVolunteer (www.govolunteer.com.au). If you are passionate about volunteering, it can indeed open up a whole new world of possibilities.