High school graduates are facing unique and new circumstances: stepping into adulthood amidst a global pandemic, leading many students to consider taking a gap year. This raises new questions on how to plan for the months ahead. For grads who are seriously exploring the gap year option, volunteering is emerging as a cornerstone of the gap year plan, offering students many options for personal growth and an opportunity to give back to their communities, both in person and online.
Your community will have organizations that help with a wide variety of issues, such as support for lower-income families, home delivery services for the elderly or settlement services for newcomers. There are so many great ways that you can give back to your community. Here are some tips to help you get started:
As many people may be inclined to avoid gathering in large groups due to COVID-19, some organizations are transitioning to online volunteer opportunities. You really can make a difference with just an internet connection. To see virtual volunteering opportunities by province, check out volunteer.ca to get started.
Here are more ideas for how you can give back from the safety of home:
It feels good to do good. Whether you’re applying skills from home, or out canvassing for a cause that’s close to your heart, volunteering is rewarding and important for many. If you’re delaying post-secondary to do a gap year, volunteering can provide an incredible experience that will be educational and enriching.