“Changing the world for the better…”, “Making the world a better place…”, “creating a better future for the future generations…”. These are some phrases that we often get to hear. Without a doubt every human on earth wishes that the world would become better and better as time goes by. But it does not work that way. The world would not become a better place by itself. It is us humans who have to make the world a better place. Solely relying on national leaders and governments is not going to make this process any faster and it would not be practical as well. Because each and every human on earth has a part to play in changing the world. So one of the best ways to play your part in making the world a better place is by volunteering and contributing in whatever the way we can to create the much-needed change. “If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” — Kofi Annan

Volunteering to change the world

By general definition, volunteering is considered as an activity where an individual or a group provides services for the benefit of another person, group or community without obtaining any financial gain from it. Volunteering is one of the ways by which one can give back to the society and serve the society using one’s skills, knowledge and capabilities. For some people volunteering is a passion, for some it’s their way of giving back to society and for others it can be a means of relaxation or a hobby. However, the way you see it, spending a few hours or days of life for the betterment of the society and giving a helping hand to the fellow residents of the world could give one a feeling of satisfaction and contentment. It can also boost one’s self-confidence and self-esteem by seeing what he/she has accomplished and how he/ she has given hope to another.

AIESEC’s Contribution

Volunteering paves the way to change the world for the better and to change people’s lives. This is the very reason why AIESEC has introduced Global Volunteering (GV) as a leading product. AIESEC’S Global Volunteering function allows young individuals to volunteer for better and bigger causes happening all around the world. AIESEC has many interesting volunteering projects covering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that sustainable development is not some far fetched goal but a reality that could be attained with the aid of volunteering. For example, AIESEC in Sri Lanka has volunteering projects to facilitate environmental conservation, to promote gender equality, to provide quality education to young children etc. This gives the chance to young individuals to volunteer for causes they are passionate about or to volunteer in a field that they are most cable in. Volunteering with AIESEC allows youth not only to contribute to society but also to develop their social skills, meet new people from different countries, explore new potentials, gain fresh experiences and grow as a person. So instead of anticipating change be a part of the change and volunteer with AIESEC. Join with AIESEC’s Global Volunteer program to bring about the change you want to see in the world and to make the world a better place. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi
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