By Chelsea Badiola, Marketing and Outreach Intern

Here at CCI Greenheart, we are passionately committed to volunteerism. That is why we are encouraging all of our participants to volunteer for at least four hours in their host community. Below you’ll find just a few of the many benefits of volunteering!

“When you decide to be better than the day before, when you believe people are connected and [that] whatever you do is affecting someone else’s life, is when our journey as a volunteer begins. This is when you know how big your soul is.” –Antonio Molina Mendez, summer 2015 Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar

Try out new activities and acquire new skills. By volunteering your time, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in unique activities you would not have otherwise been a part of. You might consider activities related to health and wellness, global environmentalism, or education. Perhaps you will discover a new set of skills that you never knew you were capable of!

Contribute to building a sustainable world. By participating in volunteer activities that work to better the local environment, you are helping to promote a healthier, greener world! Consider projects like a local beach cleanup, urban gardening, working on a recycling project, or donating food to a local animal shelter.

Improve your language skills. What better way to improve your language skills than to practice it in a relaxed, fun environment? By volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to use and improve your communication skills through interactions with locals and other volunteers.

Meet new people and build friendships. Volunteering is a good way to meet other people and bond over the same life-changing experiences. You will meet people from different educational and cultural backgrounds and work together in new environments. Get involved in an exciting way and create some professional and personal connections for life!

Feel a sense of accomplishment. Nothing feels better than knowing you’ve made a positive impact in the world. By volunteering, you will feel an incredible sense of accomplishment at the end of the day and you will be sure to have made a difference in your community.

“During our volunteer project, future lawyers, graphic designers, hospitality managers, PE teachers, and English language professors all joined forces. The results were wonderful. They truly made a difference on that autumn day in Novi Sad, Serbia.” Radmila Grujin, Work and Travel Program Serbian partner, Karavan Travel

Be a part of your community. Maybe you want to become more integrated into your host community, or maybe you really want to give back to the community that has given you so much to remember. Either way, volunteering will help you feel more connected to your surrounding environment.

Voilà! Now you know some reasons you should volunteer. Here is a great way to get involved!

Join The Greenheart Club and become one of the many members from around the world that is committing time and energy towards volunteerism.

Once you join, you will be able to log your volunteer hours and become eligible for certain benefits. Exemplary Greenheart Club members are eligible to apply for the Greenheart Service Grant, an award that allows members to carry out their own community-based projects.

Are you ready to embark on your journey as a volunteer? Join the Greenheart Club to start earning awards and grants!