Volunteering in an Area Unrelated to Your Field of Study

Volunteering in an Area Unrelated to Your Field of Study

By: Rebekah Abebe | ENGAGE Blog Writer
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I am an Arts student and for over two semesters I have been volunteering with an organization where the majority of volunteers are Environmental and Science majors. Through my volunteer experience with Sustainable SFU, I have learned that many of the skills you possess as an Arts student can transfer into almost any other area. I specifically volunteer for the Local Food Program in the Harvest Box Program. Every second Thursday and last Thursday of the month I volunteer in the Harvest Box. My tasks include checking off names on a list of individuals who have picked up their box of vegetables and fruits. I use organizational skills for this and when I help with set-up of the table, posters, pamphlets and the transport of harvest boxes. I use communication skills when answering questions from individuals who are curious about the Local Food program and Sustainable SFU.

Last year I volunteered making a scrapbook about the Local Food Program. I did some of my own research on the Local Food Program and took pictures of volunteers and the events that occurred in the Local Food Program. The scrapbook was used as an advertisement for the Local Food Program so that individuals who were interested in learning more about the Local Food Program could browse through the scrapbook. I learned from experience that volunteering in an area not related to your field of study does not mean that you will be doing something completely different from what you already know. For example, skills in communication, organization and advertising can be transferred into volunteering for almost any organization.

Posted on June 03, 2013