Imagine yourself getting stuck in the same old routine of lectures, homework, and everything acads (academics). It can get tiring, right? While it’s true that you are advancing your knowledge, it still feels like there’s more to learn beyond the four corners of the classroom.
Well, do you want to make a difference in a more practical way?
Being a student does not only mean learning from books. It’s also the perfect time to experience life outside what you learn in textbooks. And you can do all this through meaningful volunteer work!
Why you should do volunteer work
1. Get to know yourself better
Volunteer work pushes you to set your priorities and gives you a clear vision of who you want to become. As a Mindanaoan, the identification of the self is not detached from your culture. After finding what you are passionate about, retrace if the advocacy uplifts a culture. Then check if the cause gives you room for your own self-growth.
Once you discover your values through experience, you’ll realize that your goal, really is not to serve yourself, but to get involved and find belongingness in the community.
2. Build a second family
Student volunteers can create a network of people with the same aspirations and forward the same advocacies for the common good. These networks will give you the opportunity to find assistance and solutions from a wider community. Volunteer work brings all walks of life together. It allows you to build relationships with people from different backgrounds as you journey towards touching and inspiring more lives.
How to become a student volunteer
Step 1: Know what cause you’re passionate about
Volunteer work allows you take on roles you never thought you could achieve. The first step is to find what you are passionate about. You can choose from advocacies like cutting down on single-use plastics, initiating campaigns to save the Mindanao watersheds, or even simply spending a few hours with kids who would appreciate a helping hand from an ‘Ate’ or ‘Kuya’ like you.
There are many non-government organizations (NGOs) that work on improving the lives of the people, animals, and natural resources in Mindanao. You just have to find the right fit.
Step 2: Sign up for volunteer work aligned with your values
Here are a few organizations where you can start making a difference as a student volunteer in Mindanao:
1) Habitat for Humanity Philippines
With the increasing number of displaced families in Mindanao, including our Muslim and Lumad brothers, Habitat for Humanity opens its doors to people who want to help build homes for those in need. As a student volunteer for this organization, you get to give these families the opportunity to live safely in the comfort of their own homes.
Habitat for Humanity Philippines Davao is located at the 2nd Floor, Quattrain Building, MacArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City. For more information, call (082) 285 2714 or visit their website through www.habitat.org.ph
2) Philippine Red Cross
Being a student volunteer for the Philippine Red Cross will help you understand and value the true act of volunteerism, especially during times of health emergencies and disaster situations, wherever you are in the Philippines.
The Philippine Red Cross Davao Chapter is in Roxas Ave., Poblacion District, Davao City. You can call (082) 227 3949 or visit www.redcross.org.ph to find out more details on volunteer opportunities.
3) Philippine Eagle Foundation
Mindanao is known as the “Land of Promise” because of its rich biodiversity and natural resources. The Philippine Eagle Foundation is one of the many organizations that help save endangered species, especially the Philippine Eagle, through breeding, education, and other development programs. Volunteers can be as young as 13 years old, as long as they’re willing to commit a certain number of hours.
Philippine Eagle Foundation is in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. For more information, call 0917-719-8093 or log on to the organization’s website, www.philippineeaglefoundation.org/
Start making a difference now. Take the first step, get involved, and see how becoming a student volunteer will transform your life and the lives of people around you.
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