Finding the right volunteer role for your child

November 3, 2015

 Volunteering helps children develop selfless behaviour and a service-oriented perspective that may last through adulthood. These tips should help you find the right volunteer position for them.

Finding the right volunteer role for your child

1. Keep it Local

  • By volunteering in your own town or neighbourhood, your children will not only build valuable ties to your own community but also feel invested in it.
  • Local programs, whether they are on helping the poor and less fortunate or are concerned with improving the environment, will help your children get involved in important matters near home.
  • Children should be aware of world events and want to be part of making the planet a better place. However, the most effective way to help is by acting on the home front.
  • Also, volunteering in one's own community is an important practice that will connect your children to meaningful interactions wherever they go.

2. Make it Relevant

  • Make sure the volunteer position is relevant to your child's interests so that he or she enjoys the experience and learns as much as possible.
  • If you have a child that is interested in animals, then a volunteer position with an animal rescue or wildlife centre is a perfect match because it instantly engages their interests.
  • Children who are interested in music or creative pursuits may assist in those  programs for underserved youth or people with developmental difficulties.
  • Placing children in a familiar field ensures their interests are engaged and underscores the need to be of service and provide help to those who need it.

3. Consistency is Key

  • For a child, school is consistent, just as work will be consistent in the future. Volunteering should also be a constant part of a child's life if it's important to him or her.
  • Volunteering provides an opportunity to strengthen educational and career skills that parallel and complement schoolwork.
  • A weekly gig volunteering at a community garden, for example, is a great way for a future botanist or forester to get hands on training while helping the community.
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