I first volunteered back in 1980 in Tanzania, where I stayed for four years fitting generators to hospitals and schools, whilst teaching apprentices. It was an amazing experience that changed my life and made me appreciate the little things. When I came back to Ireland I did some volunteer work with St. Vincent de Paul in Cork and also the Irish Guide Dogs.
I have been involved with the Volunteer Corps for just one and a half years and in that time the volunteering tasks have been very varied, from helping out at events such as the St Patrick's Day parade to International Basketball events. It’s all good fun and my fellow volunteers aren’t that bad either. Being part of a volunteering team is a very positive and rewarding experience and well worth the few hours of your time to help out others.
Remember it takes very little effort to make a big difference.
Whatever the reason you can rest assured that you will get back more than you give.