It’s finally December which means that 2018 is coming to an end. It’s been a year full of highs and lows for everyone, but it’s time to begin preparing for a new year filled with new experiences and learning. The start of a new year also means a new year’s resolution for many of us. Have you started thinking about a new year’s resolution? There are so many things to choose from – from healthy eating to reading more or trying to be a better person to others. However, according to Statisticsbrain, most of us quit on our resolution after the first week while just over half of us make it past half a year. Psychology Today notes that this is because often our goals are not realistic, not defined enough, or we lack the proper skills to carry them through. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a new year’s resolution. It simply means that you need a defined goal which is realistic and to which you can bring your own skill-set. Further, if your resolutions are rooted in your own values, beliefs, and interests, you’ll have a higher chance of succeeding! As such, we want to suggest that you try volunteering as a new year’s resolution this year! Here’s why:
You’ll be happier.
We have talked about it many times before, but volunteering has a been proven to have a positive effect on your mental and emotional well-being. It’ll even help you live longer and stave off illness! What’s more, you’ll be helping other people be happier and healthier as well as you work with empowering them and teaching them new things.
You’ll learn new things.
As a volunteer you’ll learn many different things. Whether it’s learning by immersing yourself in a new culture, as with our TATCAL program, or because you end up discovering new career paths, your learning opportunities can be endless. You can even learn how to apply what you’ve learnt in class through service learning or internships. You’ll also acquire new skills as NGOs are often willing to train volunteers in different tasks as their needs evolve. What’s even better, you’ll learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.
You’ll exercise regularly.
Volunteering can be a very active task. You can volunteer to work one on one with underprivileged children, like at Caritas Smile, or go to an organization that helps the elderly. You can volunteer to walk dogs, or as a pacer at a local running event. This means that you can actively work on being healthier while improving the world a little bit at a time.
You can travel.
When volunteering in at-need communities overseas, you can immerse yourself in a completely different culture. What’s more, most NGOs that service communities in other countries will have some planned events for you to enjoy your evenings while also making sure to give you free time to explore your local surroundings. Just make sure that you’re volunteering for an organization you can trust!
At Caritas Smile we can provide you with all these things and more! So, why not start the new year with us and check our volunteering opportunities in the Dominican Republic and Honduras? If you can’t travel, you can also contact us to see if we have any other volunteering opportunities, or so we can help you create a Caritas Smile campus chapter. Let’s start 2019 by helping build a better world together
Talia Velez is a Growth Impact Officer at Caritas Smile, a non-profit service travel program dedicated to making positive impacts and sustainable changes for women and children in developing countries. Having grown up in Mexico, Talia is keenly aware of the day-to-day issues faced by women and children in countries with more economic vulnerability. Visit our site to learn more about Caritas Smile and join us in our mission to help those in need.