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Volunteer opportunities
     2011-December-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Helping others can help you

Volunteering has a meaningful, positive effect on your community. It can have many benefits for you, too. It can help you give back to society, break down barriers and even have fun.

You may have heard that volunteer experience is a plus on your college applications. Keep in mind, though, that colleges are not just looking for a list of organizations and dates. They want to see a complete picture of you, and real examples of your commitment, dedication and interests.

Reasons to volunteer

1. Gain valuable life experiences and skills

Whether you build houses for the homeless or mail flyers for a local politician, you can experience the real world through hands-on work. You can also use this experience to explore your major or career interests.

2. Meet interesting people

Volunteering brings together a variety of people. Both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and your coworkers can be rich sources of insight. For example, maybe you'll learn about the legal profession from a former lawyer you visit at a convalescent center.

3. Get academic credit

Some schools and colleges offer academic credit for volunteer work through service-learning. This teaching method integrates hands-on learning (through service to the community) into the curriculum.

4. Send a signal to colleges

Colleges pay attention to your life inside and outside the classroom. Your extracurricular activities reveal a great deal about you, such as what your interests are, whether you can manage your priorities and maintain a long-term commitment, what diversity you'd bring to the student body, and how you've made a contribution to something.

Keep in mind, colleges are not interested in seeing you do it all. It's more meaningful to colleges to see your dedication to one or two activities than to see that you've spread yourself thin.

Before you volunteer

It's important that you enjoy the type of service you choose and that you have the time to stick with it. Ask yourself these questions before you get involved with an organization.

* How much time do I have to commit?

* Do I want an ongoing regularly scheduled assignment, a short-term assignment or a one-time assignment?

* Am I willing to participate in a training course?

* What talents or skills can I offer?

* What would I most like to learn by volunteering?

* What don't I want to do as a volunteer?

* Do I want to work alone or with a group?

* With what kind of people do I want to work — both in terms of who is receiving my services and who my coworkers might be?

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/high-school/7813.html

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