Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre
Our GiT Blog author Kiranmayee shares regularly her interesting reflections on various experiences. This time about volunteering in your new residential town and its value and impact on the life of international spouses.
Volunteering back in my country (India) was something parents did in schools, and not necessarily always with the idea of helping. Times have changed and so has the idea of volunteering (back in my country too).
Volunteering in the Netherlands is big, I learnt people with full time jobs and other responsibilities like family too, do volunteer for reasons like community. As expats; volunteering can be seen as a window opportunity, to connect with the community as well as the market.
When picking up volunteering, we can choose what we would like to do, irrespective of our educational background, or experience, however the experience gained while volunteering is much more valuable.
It is a sort of exchange program, where you can of course bring in skills of your own, and gain just more than skills. The other assets can be under-standing the work ethics of your new geography, being updated with current ways of work and technology, which is not very easily done by oneself.
By volunteering we are as good as signing up for practical school, and training on work.
Of course every claim has to explain and be supported by a personal experience, but instead of citing just my experience, let me assure you, there are more than a dozen cases of people you will find in your own expat community, who volunteer. Take the chance to talk and ask them about how it helps and if they recommend it.
Although most do not translate to jobs, for sure, it will come very handy when you are preparing for an interview. In my personal experience of two months of volunteering at the city library; I met many people of age as well as experience, with many stories to tell me, and may questions for me.
It was this time, where I met other volunteers who had many varied ideas and perspectives, of not just volunteering but also life!
If nothing else, I can rest assure you that this is an enriching experience, and a must try.