I hope that I am helping someone out there at least consider the idea of volunteering after hearing a little bit about my experiences because it really can be life changing and make you look at the world in a whole new light. Before I started volunteering at SPITAK, I really did not have any sort of positive outlook on life and I really wasn’t going anywhere in life. This all changed after the first couple weeks of my new adventures and I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t make the change.
There are a few reasons that volunteering can have amazing impacts on your life and your whole outlook. The biggest thing is the genuine and authentic gratitude that people show you when you have done something amazing for them. For the most part, I don’t think people really expect complete strangers to go out of their way to help them so when you do it really puts in a new faith in humanity so to speak.
Another thing that I find especially true in my case, is that you are involved and helping people that are usually worse off than you are so helping them and seeing the ways that some people live really give you a new sense of appreciation for all of the things that you have in your life. It could always be worse and this becomes especially true when you see and work with people who are far less fortunate than you are.