1 Increased employable skills:
NGO’s rely heavily on volunteers since most are unable to hire full time staff. This means that oftentimes you will have to work in areas/fields you otherwise wouldn’t have. This requires skills that you would either have to develop through training provided by the NGO or on your own.
Skills like project planning, management, accounting, finance, research, fundraising, punctuality, teamwork, cooperation, special software, and leadership qualities among others immediately make you stand out among your peers applying for similar jobs.
2 Broadened perspective:
Working with an NGO can be a humbling, sometimes life affirming experience.
You get a bird’s eye view of the impact of your efforts on people’s lives and that alone is enough to give you a sense of perspective. Your decision making, goals, life objectives can all be affected and it helps you find what’s important to you while giving you an appreciation for the little things and the massive impact they can have.
3 National Impact:
Most people at some point has thought about how they would do things if they were running the country. While you will not get to hold the office, joining an NGO gives you the opportunity to have just as much impact.
Policy makers are often seemingly oblivious to the effect their decisions have at the ground level. NGO’s however, often operate at the grassroots level and tackle issues that are overlooked but prevalent in the society. The long-term impact of these actions often leads to significant societal change. Whether you’re protecting ecosystems, preserving cultural landmarks and art-forms or improving literacy , as an NGO member/volunteer you’re often at the heart of , if not, leading these changes.
4 Leadership skills
Speaking of leading, joining an NGO gives you numerous chances to gain, improve and employ leadership skills. John Maxwell asserts, “Everything rises and falls on Leadership.”
As an volunteer/member you will learn how to lead and motivate people. These skills generally start with you leading and motivating yourself not to mention developing strategies to cope and manage pressure. In the end you become a better person and an even better leader.
5 Quality networking:
Volunteering with an NGO holds some of the best networking opportunities you can possibly get.
As a volunteer, you get a chance to engage and fill your network with influential people who share common goals with you. These persons can easily become mentors, leads, future clients or colleagues all because of the relationship you build with them. This can, in turn, increase your job prospects within larger companies or institutions that your NGO works with. Sometimes a foot in the door is all you need to jump-start your career.