While some people can scroll past tragic news on their Facebook feeds, you think, enough is enough. You mutter, “I want to help, but where do I start?” Sure, you can leave a like, or share a post to spread awareness. But the moment finally comes when you feel strongly enough to do something more. And you can!
While you might not be old enough to register and vote yet, there are many other ways to do your part and make an impact in the lives of the people around you. Here’s a quick guide to help you get started.
Step 1: Find your ‘why’
How do you want to make a difference? We all have various reasons why we want to volunteer. There are some who do it because it looks good on their resume, or maybe it’s a part of their grading requirements. There are volunteers who have gone through an unfortunate situation in life (like losing their home to a powerful typhoon) and feel compelled to uplift families who urgently need help. There’s also the fact that we can give back at various points in our lives!
Whatever the reasons you may have for volunteering, it’s still a win-win situation for everyone, especially the people you help. Plus, you get to discover yourself along the way by making connections and becoming socially aware.
Step 2: Choose your commitment
Start with the field you’re studying in, or a cause you’ve always felt strongly about. Do you want to help address climate change, just like youth activist Greta Thunberg? Are you passionate about educating kids? Maybe you wish to travel and have fun with surfing while building eco-friendly community homes by the beach? Or do you want to help rescue stray cats and dogs as an animal lover? Commitment (a pledge that pushes you to take action) is important to stay focused and motivated and lead a healthier and fulfilling life.
Step 3: Pick the right program for you
Here’s how you make a difference as a student volunteer in Northern Luzon:
Northern Luzon is known for its magnificent mountain areas and stunning beaches—but the locals need your help to keep it that way. Try volunteering at The Circle Hostel, a budget-friendly eco-hostel in Baler, La Union, and Zambales.
They make use of the eco-brick—a building block created from single-use plastics. Their volunteering programs revolve around helping shape the local landscape; this includes community development programs and exploring the countryside. Plus, you can befriend local surfers and tackle hospitality management. Beach bums, this opportunity is perfect for you!
Are you a budding artist? Share your gift with the kids of Bulacan! If you have time to help out on a Saturday morning, join Project Pearls and volunteer for the Brain Booster Program. You not only eat delicious breakfast with the kids, but you’ll also get to help them with their arts and crafts, too. Not to mention, the fun storytelling and film viewing that come after!
- Contact Info: https://www.projectpearls.org/events/
It’s not easy to set aside the time to volunteer. But rest assured, the experiences you will gain from this opportunity can help you find your passion and purpose in your career later in life. Plus, you get to bring a smile to people’s faces. Now, ain’t that a reward in itself?