It makes me smile...
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some do it to give something back to the community, some, to make a difference to the people around them and some, to develop new skills and knowledge. For me, it is a way to build & share experience, develop empathy, strengthen social bonds and, most of all, it makes me smile J!
I have played different roles every time, starting as Khoj school visit team member to managing the infrastructure for a show at the mall, leading a KMM team and mentoring a team for an International Science Centres and Museums Day event.
My family has noticed that now I am more open to challenges, self-confident and I encourage civic responsibility all around me. Trust me, I found self-worth, empathy for others and YES!!! I had a lot of fun while executing every activity.
I would like to share a couple of incidents which helped me understand the impact of volunteering.
Early on, I was delivering a KMM session where about mistakes; that mistakes will happen but we need to keep moving forward. To start with, I was shy about sharing my own mistake, but I chose to do and created a powerful connection between me and the kids. After that session, I felt more confident and empowered myself.
Another time, I was explaining a science experiment to kids and noticed that the kids were not connected. As I thought about it, I realized that they might not be aware about that particular principle of science and I have to switch to layman language. This made me think more about other people’s perspective in conversations.