When searching volunteer opportunities, it is important to do your homework ahead of time, especially if volunteering is part of your post-graduation ambitions. It's imperative to find a program that is relevant to you and fits your interests.
Full-time volunteer opportunities are a great post-graduation option if you are looking to experience something out-of-the-ordinary. Through volunteer programs, you can travel to the other side of the world and immerse yourself in a completely foreign culture, stay close to home and help out your local community, or do anything in between.
There is a wide variety of volunteer programs on campus, find one that matches with your interests and schedule. Future employers, grad school, and volunteer program reps will be looking for a wide range of experiences. On-campus volunteering provides good opportunities to obtain these experiences.
What are some of the benefits of volunteering instead of starting a career or going to grad school?
Many full-time volunteer organizations are invaluable experiences, whether it is abroad or domestic. These are experiences that you won't get if you start a career or go to grad school right after graduation. Also, you will most likely build long-lasting and invaluable relationships with the people you work with and serve.
What are some of the potential drawbacks of volunteering instead of starting a career or going to grad school?
A potential drawback to volunteering is in many cases it involves postponing your future career options. Also, while many programs provide a living stipend, you won't make very much additional money, if any.
How can I find a volunteer organization that fits me?
The most important thing is to do your homework. Research programs ahead of time to look at the benefits they offer, and any drawbacks. For example, do you want to work in a rural or urban setting? What sort of financial assistance do they offer?
How long of a commitment do you need to make?
Use the resources provided on this website. Also, feel free to stop into either Career Services office for further assistance. When you have it narrowed down to a few potential volunteer organizations, search their websites and call representatives to receive specific information regarding the time commitment.