Last updated on 3 April 2019 at 12:13 pm
Volunteering is becoming a more and more popular activity amongst young people – and for good reasons!
There are numerous benefits to this type of activity – benefits which are harder to gain in other, more traditional environments (such as working in a corporate firm or travelling the world in a touristic way).
Malaysia is one of the best countries in the world to be a volunteer. Due to its location in South-East Asia and its contrast between high-end technological and economic development versus the under-developed rural areas, you can discover many unique opportunities to volunteer in this country.
If you are on the edge about volunteering in Malaysia, the following arguments might be the extra push you need to take that leap into the unknown. Here are a few of the most important reasons why you should volunteer in Malaysia…
1) Volunteering Is One Of The Best Uses Of Your Time
If you ask any volunteer about the ways volunteering enriched their lives, you might be surprised of the answers you will receive.
The most impactful and productive way volunteering is useful to volunteers is the fact that you develop real-world, useful skills. These skills are not only productive in your future professional life but they are transferable to your day to day life as well.
Besides developing new skills and expanding your areas of expertise, you will also gain real world experience in a wide set of situations – experience which would be otherwise be difficult to obtain in more common situations.
Do you think that having more skills and more experience can help you in life, both socially and professionally? You can be sure that they do!
Think of it as a hands-on internship in the real world where you gain as much experience, skills and knowledge as you desire – according to your willingness and effort. The benefits of volunteering are, in many instances, much more pragmatic than those of doing an internship in a corporate culture.
2) Volunteering Makes You Happier
Web MD studies have shown that volunteering can make you happier. This happens due to the fact that any act of perceived altruism makes us feel good about ourselves, about other people and about the world in general.
The bottomline is that the more useful you make yourself, the happier you will tend to feel. So why not put your skills and time to good use, in service of people who really need it – while feeling happier than usual? Sounds like a win-win-win!
3) Volunteering Offers You A New Perspective
Volunteering tends to force you to view life, people and yourself in new ways that you could not experience otherwise. This is especially true if you do your volunteering in a foreign culture, even more so if you do it in a foreign country.
Understanding a new culture, a new way of life, a new way of being grows your mind’s capacity to grasp new situations that you encounter. This leads to having a more open mind, questioning the previous paradigms you had and gaining insight into your current situation in life.
Tackling new challenges leads to adopting new ways of thinking – and undertaking new ways to thinking leads to exercising a higher complexity in living life. Simply put, you become a better person due to volunteering.
4)There Are Plenty Of Opportunities For Volunteering In Malaysia
From taking care of refugees to teaching English to rural people, from increasing the adoption of green energy to fighting deforestation, there are plenty of opportunities to choose from when it comes to volunteering in Malaysia.
SOLS 24/7 is one of the best NGOs in South-East Asia, which has a tremendous positive impact in various areas regarding social change. There are also many other NGOs to choose from, depending on what you are passionate about and what domain you would like to explore further.
5) Volunteering Can Change Your Life
If you volunteer for a more extensive time (at least a couple of weeks) and you are serious about investing your attention and effort into it, there are high chances that volunteering wil change your life.
That’s because the combined influence of a new social environment, a new culture, tackling new challenges, working with people who are different from you – all these factors will change the way you think, the way you behave and the way you see the world.
If you are serious about volunteering, you will be astounded of the positive effects it can have in your life. Do your research, talk with people who have done it and you will understand the tremendous benefits you can gain from volunteering.