Voluntary work can be fruitful for your teen's development. Discover the benefits and possibilities of volunteer work.
Having your teen volunteer for social causes, will encourage
him to be proactive in nature. It will also help him to become more
responsible and build character. Understanding how to encourage your
teen to volunteer is crucial for any parent.
The Benefit of Volunteering
Your teen needs to understand how volunteering for any work can benefit him and the people that he is about to help.
Ideally, a teen should volunteer for activities that interest him. This
will ensure that he is interested in the project and will be committed
to seeing it through. The task at hand should build on the teen's talents and make apt use of them. For example, if your teen is good at painting and drawing and a non-government social organisation such as the local YMCA needs
to promote an event or cause, he would be best suited to make posters
Volunteering for social work helps your teen
cure his boredom by utilising his idle time constructively. It will
also help your teen relate to peers and gain new perspectives in life
due to the interaction he will have with other people.
for work helps a teen develop his social skills. He is forced to
interact with other people and so, does not spend all his time engaged
in self-centric activities. A teen who volunteers also get an
opportunity to build his networking skills.
When a teen takes part in voluntary work, it helps him to improve his
teamwork skills. Here he is able to be part of something that is bigger
than himself. It will help him to develop pride in what he is doing,
especially when he realises that his work has made a difference in
contributing to the bigger picture.
The Time Requirement
Ensure that your teen has enough time on his hands to take up the work that he is volunteering for. It should not clash with other prior engagements and responsibilities such as your teen's studies. Should volunteering be something to do during the vacations or should it be part of a weekly routine? It depends on your teen's lifestyle. If volunteer work cramps your teen's lifestyle it is unlikely that he is going to enjoy doing the work.
doesn't necessarily mean joining a welfare organisation. Your teen can
also volunteer in his school or college to help in maintenance or
organising events. Alumni meets are a good example, where your teen can
lend a hand by helping older alumni members.
could include taking classes in local primary schools. Such an effort
will be well appreciated when the situation demands it. Existing
teachers are over-stressed with enormous workloads and are always happy
to share some of their burden for a short while. The subject should be
chosen as per your teen's interests. For example, if your teen is a
sports fan, why not let him try to take the schools sports class?
Voluntary work could also involve spreading awareness. This could
include going to schools and giving talks on issues such as
environmental issues or AIDS awareness. Such activities will help build
your teen's presenting skills.
is not only a great way to meet new people, but is also an excellent
way to see new places as well. Organisations such as International
Cultural Adventures will not only organise a trip to a foreign
destination but will also ensure that your teen's visit is put to good
use; he will garner an understanding of the local cultures, while
helping out with social work at the same time. It is a great way to see the world and make a difference at the same time.
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