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Voluntary work advantages & disadvantages

Updated February 21, 2017

Volunteer workers can be found all over the world, performing a multitude of different skills and tasks. Not all volunteer efforts involve working with the disadvantaged or needy, for it is quite possible to be a volunteer at an art museum or an outdoor environmental site. There are many things you might consider before committing to volunteer work.

Fill A Personal Need

By nature, people are a social animal. Sometimes the best way to fulfil this human need for social interaction is to participate in a volunteer situation, which places you in a group setting.

Personal Satisfaction

Volunteer work can be a simple way of doing something constructive, just for the personal reward of seeing the task brought to completion. Also, volunteer work does not have to be undertaken in a large group setting; working one-on-one with another individual may be just as effective and rewarding.

Lead To a Paying Job

Volunteer work does not have to be altruistic. Many organisations hire part-time or full-time employees from the ranks of volunteers. Just be honest with yourself and your host about why you are a volunteer.

Time Consuming

Volunteer work could take up a larger block of your time than you originally planned for. Make sure you have your volunteer commitments clearly defined before you begin and don't be afraid to say "no" to an additional request.

Misdirection of Time

Volunteer work may not be right for everybody. Perhaps there is someone or someplace in your family or neighbourhood, where your efforts or skills are needed more.

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About the Author

Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.