8 Razones para ser voluntario en Canadá

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8 Reasons to Volunteer in Canada

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “volunteering”?
Good will? Altruism? Help with no expectation of compensation?

Volunteering can be all those things and more. In Canadian society, it’s a common way to expand your life experience while helping others.

Summer is usually the best season to start volunteering, as there are many opportunities out there, from small marketing campaigns to monster-sized events such as Pride and TIFF.

In this article, we have lined up some important benefits you can expect from volunteer work. Check out these 8 main reasons why volunteering is cool and exciting.

1. Refresh Your Life


Volunteering is a brilliant way to discover new interests and hobbies, visit different parts of the city and travel. Getting involved with something you have never experienced or something that seems a bit challenging to you may open your eyes about certain things, give you a totally different perspective on the ordinary, and refresh your experience of life.

2. Connect to Others


Volunteering can be a great networking tool. Most volunteer work requires you to get involved in the community or work with others. It can be an excellent opportunity to meet new people, boost your social skills, and expand your networking circle, especially when you are new to Canada.

3. Gain Professional Experience in Canada

Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean that the job you’ll be doing is very basic or unprofessional. Some of the opportunities even require training sessions where you get an opportunity to learn by practicing. Whether or not you already have professional experience, volunteering can be a good way to “get your foot in the door,” to enhance your skills in a different environment or apply them an actual workplace.

4. Broaden Your Career Horizons


Volunteering is always a great chance to explore a field of interest or connect with people working there, and the experience always looks good on your resume. Moreover, you can always ask the company you volunteered with to provide you with a good reference. Some research has shown that employers prefer to hire personnel with volunteer experience.

5. Improve Your English

14784173337_122e842f99_nPursuing volunteer activity to help you improve your English is a smart, proactive idea. Try to choose a volunteering opportunity based on the skills you want to develop. If you want to improve your writing skills, try to volunteer for a college newspaper. If speaking English is more of a priority at the moment, break out of your comfort zone and try to find volunteer work where you are expected to communicate with people on a regular basis.

6. Just Feel Good and Have Fun

10675464326_d218c83490_cIn principal, volunteering is donation of your time, energy and skills to others in need. Helping others, making difference in peoples’ lives and being able to feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment without profiting monetarily can actually make you happy. Moreover, volunteering is a useful psychological enhancer, as it can help alleviate boredom and depression.

7. Boost Your Health

Children of military families at Fort Meade, Md., received a new playground Sept. 10, 2011, thanks to the effort of hundreds of volunteers from Northrop Grumman, the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council and KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joined the effort, which was part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

There is some interesting research that shows that people who often do volunteer tend to live longer than those who don’t. Another study shows that many people have reduced their stress levels through volunteer experience. Volunteering positively affects not only our mental health, but also our physical health!

8. Develop Time Management Skills


Volunteering is not usually a full-time activity. Balancing school, work, home and volunteering at the same time can be challenging but it is a great way to develop time management skills.

Important Note!

Some volunteer positions may be considered employment by the CIC and require a working visa. For instance, a volunteer job that is normally executed by paid employees (e.g. customer service) is considered employment. Any activity which could be considered ‘competitive’ in the Canadian labour market also needs the volunteer to have a legitimate working permit even if the job is unpaid.


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