Volunteers are the heart and soul of TIPS.

 

Volunteers help us in the fight against hunger and poverty by supporting us in these areas:

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  • TIPS Administrative Offices

  • Event Coordination

  • Advocacy on Hunger and Poverty Issues

  • Outreach Efforts

  • Marketing & Promotion

  • Public Speaking 

  • and much, much more!

Did you know volunteering is an excellent way to boost your career prospects? It helps you create a positive impression, makes you more innovative, creative and gives you a range of useful skills. It’s not just TIPS that believe this, recruiters do too!

In Adweek’s article on the state of recruitment in 2015, they found that recruiters rank volunteer participation higher than personal presentation, political affiliations and spelling and grammar errors when looking at a candidate’s social presence. The British Council also released a study centered entirely around how international experience benefits individuals and employers.

So just what are the reasons that makes employers love volunteers so much?

Employers love a candidate with a range of soft skills and luckily, volunteering gives you plenty of those. You are faced with problems on a daily basis, you have to deal with a mix of personalities and all while adjusting to life outside of your comfort zone. This all adds up and helps to improve your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and people skills.

All in all, another excellent reason to get out there and volunteer!

Of course, volunteering is not something to take lightly and needs to be treated with the utmost respect, but it is also fun! It’s a reason to meet new people, embrace cultural traditions and go on adventures.

During your downtime you can spend a weekend island hopping in Thailand, climbing Table Mountain in South Africa, or white river rafting in Costa Rica, the choices are endless!

Combining this with all the altruistic reasons to volunteer, makes for an unforgettable experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life.