Why Do Students Volunteer?

There are endless answers to this question. And because there are so many answers there is no right or wrong answer, so whatever fits for you, that is a good enough reason for volunteering!

To help you make up your mind we have listed below some of the reasons why students volunteer.

Personal Development:

  • A great opportunity to meet people.
  • A break from academic studies.
  • Support a cause close to my heart.
  • Help a family member.
  • Help my community.
  • An opportunity to see theory in practice.
Spiritual and Philanthropic:
  • Do something  good with my spare-time.
  • Help others without being financially rewarded.
  • I always got more or less what I needed in life, so I want to help others that maybe didn't have the same opportunities I had.
  • I want to learn about organisations that promote volunteer opportunities and need volunteers so that I can share my knowledge with them in the future.
  • Volunteering is part of our culture and I want to make sure it stays part of it.
  • I think everybody should volunteer at some stage in their life and student life allows me to take that opportunity.
Developing Transferable Practical WorkSkills:
  • I will gain practical work experiences during my student life.
  • I will get an opportunity to see the theory I am learning in practice.
  • I know I will improve my communication skills.
  • Volunteering is about team work so I want to develop team building skills.
  • It will be good to learn time management skills.
  • Volunteering organisations are always brain storming so I hope to develop these skills.
  • It will be good to get an opportunity to develop my moral and ethical reasoning.
  • I really want to learn how policy is developed and implemented.
  • I think volunteering will improve my confidence and self-esteem.
  • I know volunteering will contribute towards an impressive curriculum vitae during my academic training.
  • I want to work with volunteering organisations in the future and I know I need to have volunteering experience to do this.

Academic Studies:

If that list above is not enough to convince you,  then think about volunteering as supporting your academic work. Organisations with volunteering opportunities are also businesses so you can see the theory in practice. Here is how it might relate to your faculty:

Kemmy Business School
  • Structure and management of organisations
  • The role of boards of management
  • Human Resource Management
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Volunteering organisations are also heavily involved in the civic, social and political life of any country:
  • The relationship between policies and practices
  • The impact of policies and practices
  • Policies and practices in the making
Education and Health Sciences
Volunteering organisations are always involved in education and training: 
  • The outcomes of policies and practices
  • Innovative policies and practices
Science and Engineering:
Volunteering organisations are strong advocates of accessible environments:
  • The impact of policies and practices in  the structure and organisation of the social environment