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Do you want to make a difference? Well, you can make a change in someone’s life. You can bring a smile to their face and joy in their life. If your aim is to be at an organisation where you can work for a cause you feel strongly about, then joining an NGO might be your answer. It’s highly admirable if you have the desire to change circumstances around you.

A few things can be deemed as ‘priceless moments’. It’s true what they say, being apart of someone else’s victory is indeed one of the most humbling experiences. We live in a world of constant scepticism and self doubt and that’s why volunteering at an NGO will bring you peace and humility.

Join an NGO where you’ll feel your input and effort is meaningful. First, find out about the work that the organisation is doing before getting too involved. Also, discover how it operates and its successes. There are a quite a few non-profit organisations which you can join, one of them being Médecins Sans Frontières. This group of doctors help people with emergency medical care in more than sixty countries.

Here are a few reasons why you should volunteer for an NGO.

Reality check

Your first few days volunteering at an NGO will snap you out of your luxury world. You’ll soon realise how lucky you actually are to live the life you do. You’ll go back home to thank your parents or guardians for having your back through and through. It’ll make you understand how self-involved human beings can be. You’ll also realise how petty all your problems are in comparison with others. Volunteering at an NGO will make you re-evaluate your life and priorities and look at everything with a new, refreshed perspective.

Develop leadership qualities

The people the organisation is working with will look towards you for guidance and knowledge. It’ll be your responsibility to make sure you give your absolute best and make it worth it, for them. Volunteering at an NGO will bring out the true leader in you. It’s great for those wanting to start their own business because it teaches you to work as one with your team and think of them before yourself. Your end goal is likely to be the success of your team rather than any individual gains. And that’s the first step to being a true leader.

Networking

This is an exchange of information between people, with the ultimate goal of establishing acquaintances and relationships to advance your professional career. From a purely socio-economic point of view, you get the opportunity to meet the real game changers of the society. You’re likely to get inspired by their success stories and have the option of brainstorming with them to create campaigns, concepts and movements that will make a positive change. It’ll also bring empowerment to the less fortunate communities. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

As a volunteer, you’ll have opportunities to build connections with company professionals that can be beneficial for your future career. The biggest mistake that people make when it comes to networking is that they don’t do it enough. Even if you think you don’t need it, it’s always good to have a backup plan.

Find yourself

Spending your time volunteering at an NGO will make you become one with the people. This is the perfect platform to discover yourself. Pretty soon, you’ll be thinking of ‘them’ before ‘me’ and will look forward to meeting new people and those in need every chance you get. It’ll help you see a whole new side of yourself. You’ll be someone that wants to see a child’s face light up with the brightest smile or watch a seventy-year-old believe once again in the power of humanity.

All for one and one for all

You’ll gain exposure to a variety of different people and cultures through this work.  You’ll be surrounded by people with different beliefs, religions and cultures. These people hail from different social backgrounds and with their individual stories. Although you may have little or nothing in common with them, you’ll have the desire to reach the same end goal. And that’s what makes your team a cohesive entity. You’ll soon understand the true meaning of unity and team spirit.

So, get out there and get involved. Being a volunteer is worth it and will help you find yourself as a person. Make the time to make a difference in your community and you’ll reap the rewards. You can make a difference, starting today. If you have a lot of time to spare and you’re looking to spend it on a worthwhile experience, volunteering at an NGO is the perfect way to do it.

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