Whether you are taking a gap year or are still in undergrad, volunteering is an excellent way to gain real-life experience while working in your field! These opportunities are available whenever works best for you – whether that is over spring, winter, or summer break. In addition to being flexible and giving you real-life experience, these opportunities would look great on your resume. This is a perfect opportunity to travel, experience other cultures in different countries, and learn more from diverse populations. Grad schools look for effort shown to learn on your own and be a leader. This will provide many topics to discuss for any interview questions.Traveling to another country to help children learn will demonstrate your empathy, compassion, and eagerness to help populations outside of the United States. This volunteer experience will set you apart from other grad school applicants. In addition to getting direct experience with the profession you want to pursue, you will also learn how to better collaborate with coworkers and the communities you will be working in. Volunteering is a great choice, especially if you are in a helping profession. You can change children and families’ lives while also boosting your grad school application. It’s the best of both worlds!
Personal Growth Benefits
Volunteering has been shown to improve overall happiness and teach life skills such as teamwork, communication, social skills, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and time management. Volunteering provides an opportunity to practice your social skills with a group of people that share a common interest of helping others. It can also lower rates of depression as you are not socially isolated and are able to build a support group. Additionally, it improves your self-confidence and life satisfaction when you put others’ needs before your own. Volunteers will get to be hands on and learn about the pediatric services we provide to the children who otherwise would not have access to the education they so desperately need and deserve. Volunteering for something you are passionate about will make the world’s difference in your experience. You will also have the opportunity to work with diverse populations. You will meet experienced licensed clinicians that will teach you about the different professions they practice in. This includes therapies such as Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Board Certified Behavior Analysts. You will also be able to expand your support network and meet new people. If you are in or applying for a program that focuses on helping others, this is the perfect opportunity for you!
By volunteering with Therapy Adventures, you can further your personal and professional development. You will have the opportunity to meet fun, experienced professional clinicians who can provide personal references and letters of recommendation for your grad school application. Join us to help make a difference!