Holidays can be a long drag if you have nothing to do. Nobody wants to be a couch potato who sits in front of the TV watching re-runs of old shows while raiding the fridge all day. Luckily, there’s a solution - volunteer work. Here are five reasons you should volunteer during the holidays.

It’ll give keep you active

Doing volunteer work will keep you busy and stop you from lazing around throughout the holidays. It’s always cool to keep busy with things that actually make a difference, rather than hanging around watching reality shows or Netflix all day.

It’ll develop your skills

Volunteer work will look great on your CV. It’ll give you skills and experience, which will help you a lot when you enter the job market. You’ll also stand out as the person who took initiative, and every employer loves that.

You’ll make connections

You can make many connections through volunteering and these may be helpful when writing university recommendation letters, or if you’re planning to apply for an internship. Use the holidays to build your network. If you’re still unsure about why you need networking skills, here’s the perfect article for you.

It eliminates routine

Holidays usually get boring quickly if you’re stuck doing the same thing every day, but if you’re volunteering, it adds a different experience to the holidays because you finally get to do something other than hanging out with friends or spending too much time on social media.

You’ll feel good

Think about it, you’ll save so much money if you decide to volunteer during the holidays. You get to make a difference in someone else’s life, while keeping yourself busy - it’s a win-win really. Plus, helping others can be a welcome distraction from any personal issues you might be having at home.

People may not want to do volunteer work because they won’t get paid for it, but if you look at the bigger picture, there are rewards - like making connections, developing new skills, and getting an intro to the working world.

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