As this is my final blog article, I would like to sum up my volunteer experiences which I have gained in the past months in combination with my marketing project for my University course.
My Favorite Volunteering Activities
As I have already been an active volunteer for approximately ten years, picking only one favorite volunteer task is quite difficult. However, in the past months I definitely enjoyed two activities most: First, accompanying the Sternsinger (Christmas carol singers) was a great experience, because spending time with children and being responsible for them is my most favorite task. Also, conveying the spirit and story of Christmas together with the most adorable and incredibly motivated children was a lot of fun.
Second, I really enjoyed the youth masses I organized with some other volunteers. The idea of organizing youth masses on a regular basis was developed during my focus group interview, which made me very proud of my project. It showed me that doing this project was actually really useful. Also, I absolutely love singing and playing during the mass with other young volunteers, because I get the chance to combine my passion for music with my faith and belief in God by spending time with my friends.
Volunteering as a University Module
At this point I would like to thank my module leader for creating this great course. Applying the hands-on experiences gained during my volunteer work to an academic marketing project was sometimes quite challenging. However, I absolutely enjoyed learning more about volunteering, reading about motivation theories and using my knowledge to actually create a real project. Not only did this project help me to develop a deeper understanding of volunteering, but it also helped my volunteer organization to gain an insight into the motivations of the young volunteers and what they would like to improve.
I would like to conclude my final blog article by stating one more time how important volunteering is. Volunteers are a necessary part of many organizations and they can really help others with their skills and talents. There is an incredibly large number of volunteer opportunities out there, whether it be emergency medical services, religious organizations, fire brigades, sport events such as the Olympic, or simply helping your neighbors with their daily tasks – volunteers are needed everywhere.
I am encouraging everyone – in particular young students – to volunteer. It is the ideal way to meet new people, to gain new experiences, to do something good by helping others and simply to have a great and fun time.
Thank you for following my blog over the past months. I really enjoyed posting my thoughts and ideas about my volunteer commitment.