By Neelam Shah
My volunteering journey began as a member of the recycling club at my high school. During the two years I was a member, I learnt a lot about how we could protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling. I met some really great people at recycling club that I am still in touch with after three years.
A couple of years later I joined Global Action Plan’s Greenprint 2020 youth volunteering programme as a volunteer feature environmental writer. I have written around 10 mini articles on topics from renewable energy to environmental education to growing your own veg (more coming soon).
This volunteering has allowed me to combine my passion for writing and my interest in the environment. I’ve built my communication and social media skills whilst also encouraging other young people to go green too.
I don’t have any regrets when it comes to volunteering. Volunteering of any kind is an opportunity to learn new skills, combine interests and abilities, meet new people and make new friends. It is very rewarding, as you are raising awareness and making a positive difference to important issues.
Volunteering also makes a great addition to your CV. Employers will see that you are a well-rounded person who has used multiple skills and contributed to the community.
I’d encourage everyone to give volunteering a go; there is no better way to spend your time than doing something active and positive. In the future you will be able to look back on your life knowing you made a difference and that taking time the time to volunteer was worth it.
I look forward to continuing to volunteer with Greenprint 2020!
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