Volunteering is one of the most rewarding endeavors of our life time. It is but a cool life style. I started volunteering when I was 17 years old, soon after completing my secondary school education. When I first volunteered, I thought it was something I was going to do only for a short while, like a year, and little did I know that I was going to fall in love with it.
So, to me volunteering is a way of giving back to the community, not because you have a lot but because you believe that even the little effort will make a difference. It means putting the well-being of others and the community as a whole first before money, it means a few hours of my time to a cause that will help change someone’s life and/or the community for the better, it means LOVE. Volunteering has been something that gives me an opportunity to show love and give hope to those in need and/or to my community without expecting anything in return.
I find volunteering to be an important element of development. It provides for the largest human capital with varied contributions towards the development process. Unfortunately for countries like Malawi, the efforts by volunteers are often not recognised.
However, through volunteering, committed individuals are able to contribute immensely to the development of their neighbourhoods, communities, country, as well as beyond own borders, not just in terms of money contributions but also with their skills/expertise, time, information, ideas, and commitment.
While most of our development projects in Malawi rely on government and donor support, volunteers play a significant role in the development process at different levels both formally and informally. Through volunteering communities and governments save a lot of resources including money as committed individuals give whatever they can to help support development work at different levels of our society. In turn, with given priorities government and communities could utilize these saved resources and channel them to other development projects that could have otherwise been delayed or not done at all due to resource limitations.
You don’t need to wait until you have a million dollars in your account to share, it’s the little efforts and small things that matters and the impact created at the end of the day, so, START VOLUNTEERING NOW!!