Author: Riyanka Roy
Tags : Adventure Trip, Africa, Asia, Blogs, Couples, Europe, Multigen, South America, Teens, Volunteer
It's always easier to feel disconnected as family members juggle work, school, kids, home, social gatherings and several other activities. But there are some simple things that can bring the members closer — playing an indoor game, going for a hike or picnic, or cooking a meal together.
One of the most satisfying and productive ways to unite as a family is through volunteering for any sort of community service projects. Volunteerism also sets a good example for others to get inspired by your actions.
Volunteering enhances your family interactions, improves your personal skills, and enriches the lives of individuals. When volunteering as a family, each family member interacts with others and finds opportunities to reflect on their actions. It's an activity that family members often find worthwhile when they do it together. It fulfills a goal of 'spending quality time' with each other while doing something meaningful for others. You get to know your close people in new ways, and they get to know a different side of you as well. Demonstrating skills and learning new ones provide the chance to work together for the same goals — and discuss the necessary actions that should be taken.
Why should you join a volunteering program along with your family members?
It’s a good feeling
The satisfaction and pride that you feel from helping others are important reasons to be a volunteer. When you commit to a cause you feel strongly about, the sense of fulfillment can be endless.
It strengthens your family bonds
Volunteerism is a great way for families to spend time together, have fun and feel the closeness. But many people say they don't have the time to volunteer after completing work and family commitments. If the situation is really like that, then you can discuss with your folks what they would like doing during their free time. You can select just one or two projects in a year and make it more like a vacation of community service.
Helps you know more about each other's’ strengths and weaknesses
Volunteering projects are usually challenging, and working together as a family will enable you to know about the other person’s strengths and weaknesses. It’ll also let you know when to stretch the hand for help.
If you are a parent, then you should definitely go for a volunteering trip with your kids, as it would help them in multifarious ways:
When volunteering begins at an early age, it can become a part of the kids' lives — something they might just expect and want to do. They would also learn the value of helping others.
It can teach them:
To be responsible
By volunteering, kids tend to learn what it means to make and keep a commitment. They learn how to be punctual for a job, deliver their best, and be proud of the outcome. They also learn that we are all responsible for the well-being of our communities, and for the well-being of the world at large.
One person can make a difference
A wonderful, encouraging and empowering message for kids is that they are important enough to have an impact on someone/ something else.
The quality of sacrifice
By giving up a toy to a less fortunate one, a kid learns that sometimes it's good to sacrifice. It is important to teach kids to share their things with others.
Working for the community can bring kids and teens in touch with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicity, age, education and income levels. They will learn that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values.
Acquire job skills
Community service can help young people decide about their future careers. Learning to work as a team member, taking on leadership roles, setting project goals - these are all skills that can be gained by volunteering and will help your kids well in any future career.
If you have been planning for a family trip abroad for long, then consider taking a volunteer vacation. It’ll be an experience of a lifetime for all the members of your family!