Paving the path to a brighter future
Updated: Jul 9, 2019
Most people want to volunteer to improve situations or help people. This is also the same for student volunteers. A large majority of students who volunteer (95%) are motivated by a desire to improve things or help people.
Volunteering provides a unique opportunity for students during their time at university to make a difference to their local community, as well as developing their skills which leads me on to…
Building community awareness
Student volunteers make a significant contribution to organizations and the wider community, especially through the skills and enthusiasm that they bring and the hours that they volunteer with groups and organizations. Over half of students volunteering do so both during term time and vacations and a third volunteer at least once a week.
Research shows that student volunteering can develop students’ community awareness and help them integrate into the local communities outside of university, breaking out of what they called the ‘student bubble’. 77% of student volunteers indicate that their understanding of other people had increased as a result of volunteering.