Although many people volunteer for reasons such as, wanting to make a difference to the lives of others, a desire to do something meaningful with their spare time or simply wishing to help a certain group of people, it is important to remember that volunteering experiences are extremely valuable for securing internships, jobs and postgraduate education. As such, the Warwick Volunteers staff and executive committee are launching a new section on our website about ‘Using Your Experiences’ containing many different pages and resources.
Happy New Year, everyone! With the new term already underway, and volunteers resuming or starting their activity for the first time, the members of the Warwick Volunteers exec have thought to share with you a few short TED Talks, to hopefully guide you during your volunteering with Warwick Volunteers and inspire you to continue contributing to the community around you beyond your years at university!
Tests, presentations, essays, projects, applications, interviews, volunteering, friends, family, sleep… all in 24 hours. There is no doubt that time management is one of the biggest concerns for all students at Warwick, and in particular, for Warwick Volunteers. Irrespective of whether you are a first-year undergraduate, finalist undergraduate, or postgraduate student, if you are determined to do your best and make the most of your time at university, it is likely that your daily schedule looks something like the one in the picture above. As the end-of-term assessments imminently approach for most of us, time management is becoming all the more critical.
I am thus aiming to (succinctly!) share below some ideas and principles which seem to usually work for me, gathered throughout my experience of juggling my studies, applications, and extracurricular activities. Give them a try, and see if they work for you as well.
Nominations for ‘Volunteer of the Week’ are now open!
Have you worked with an outstanding student volunteer? If you notice a volunteer who you feel has gone above and beyond and deserves some recognition, we would love to hear from you! As an exec and with help from the staff team, we have decided to launch ‘Volunteer of the Week’ so that volunteers can be recognised for their hard work throughout the year.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I only truly appreciate this quote after I started volunteering.
What is Social Innovation?
According to the Stanford School of Business, Social Innovation is a “novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions”. Put simply, it is an outcome or solution that is produced by using innovative approaches and technology.
Volunteering provides an opportunity to develop new skills and build an existing experience and knowledge. It is essentially giving your time freely to participate in activities, which benefit others. It’s a chance to make a real difference. According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health on third graders, the children under the influence of volunteers tend to score significantly higher on a regular basis than children in a controlled group without any mentor.