Reflection IX

I am very interested in pursuing international service in the future. I understand that it is not for everyone, and that people can also make a difference by donating funds to organizations and charities that actually help as opposed to simply garner profits, but I am really passionate about people. I am at my most content when I am helping others to feel happy and special, and I know that I wouldn’t be able to feel that way if I wasn’t working hands-on with other people. It may seem to some a selfish reason for volunteering, but I will not be doing it for myself. Although I don’t think that people who volunteer should be rewarded for doing so, the happiness people feel from helping others and seeing the difference they can make should be its own reward. I want to make a positive impact on the world and I know I can do that through volunteering around the world.
As I learned last week, volunteering takes a lot of preparation. When we split into groups to discuss “good” organizations we found in our respective study abroad locations, my group found that most legitimate operations where people actually go out and help with service learning projects hands-on require months of formal education and training, and going and doing the project itself could last over a year. A lot of research and thought has to go into legitimate volunteer work, and I think that is a very good thing. I think that for my volunteering future, the Peace Corps is a likely possibility. It is a legitimate organization where volunteers actually become part of the community and stay for extended periods of time, and that is how I believe I can make the biggest impact on my world.

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  1. I think it’s really admirable that you want to go into international service! I definitely agree that finding a good volunteering program would take a lot of work, since there are so many sketchy ones out there, and I also agree that working with a long-term and well-established organization like the Peace Corps would be a good idea.

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