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Friday, February 15, 2013

Why Volunteer for Musalaha? Why NOT!

To  volunteer or not to volunteer that is the question... 

Musalaha like many non profit organizations is dependent on volunteers to impact the lives of so many people all over the world. Youth Leaders, camp counselors, office staff, and speakers give their time to spread the message of peace and reconciliation to the young and young at heart. We at Musalaha could use your help! If you are considering volunteering but need help with your decision making here is a list of pros and cons to help you with your decision:   

PROS:                                                                                                                   CONS:

                                                                                                                             -  already have two jobs          + show potential employer you are responsible 
                                                                                                 -   study, study, study! too busy with studies
+ build a network that will help you throughout life 
                                                                                                               -   need to spend time with friends
+  Universities look highly on volunteer work in admissions decisions 
                                                                                                                       -   too much preparation time
+   improve personal skills such as empathy, listening, understanding, humility
                                                                                                      -   I don't know how to work with youth
+   expand your knowledge and view of the world
                                                                                                      -   I don't want to commit for a long time
+   improve your planning skills
                                                                                                                   -   I need to focus on my career
 + create strong friendships built on common interest 
+ invest in the future your community & country      

+ show compassion for others  

+ learn about yourself  

And if that is not enough here are some great people through history who volunteered!
Mother Theresa, Mahtam Ghandia, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Los Angesles Laker Jordan Farmar, David Beckham, Messi, and Jesus

Even with all these benefits our primary motivation for volunteering should not be to help ourselves,we are who we are because someone gave of themselves for us, we therefore have the opportunity to contribute to building people who will lead the world of our children and theirs. 

Written by Ane Nord
Edited by Phoenicia Lewis 

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