The Importance of Volunteering
posted on July 29, 2019
In the province of Ontario, students attending high school must complete 40 hours of volunteer work in order to obtain their diploma. Students are expected to manage the responsibility of volunteering on top of their school studies, though it could seem like a lot for a teenager to handle volunteering offers young people new opportunities and chances to learn important lessons.
Volunteering provides young people with limited professional experience the opportunity to dip their toes into the professional world and gain new insight towards their career prospects. Students are expected to complete the hours independent from the school, thus they can focus on volunteering in areas of interest. For example, a student interested in working with children could volunteer at a summer camp, or an individual interested in medicine could complete their hours at a hospital, and so forth. These volunteering positions give students legitimate experience in a potential field of career and help students to better establish their idea of themselves as a professional. I recommend that young people see volunteering for these opportunities and take this 40 hours seriously.
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