I was always interested in helping my community and contributing to my community. I believe that a person should be useful for his or her community. I think my life would be purposeless, if I could not do anything for my community. This is not a mere vanity of mine, but my personal philosophy because I believe that people should help each other and, if you can, you should help those in need.
This is why I was eager to do some volunteer job to help my community. In actuality, I do volunteer job that I believe is very important for our community. I participate in tutoring program and help younger students to learn literature and history. This program is developed specifically for students in need, who are from low-income families. This program aims at the improvement of their academic knowledge and assisting students from low-income families to learn successfully in public schools.
In fact, tutoring students from low-income families can help them to catch up with other students at school and improve their academic performance. I am conscious of the fact that students from low-income families do not always have time and possibility to pay as much attention to learning as I did, for instance. I know that many students from low-income families have to do some part-time job to help their families and to earn for living. Therefore, they try to earn for living as soon as they can do some job that naturally deprives them of an opportunity to dedicate more time for learning. The lack of time for learning results in their poor academic performance at school.
Consequently, tutoring is very important for students in our community because many students are deprived of possibilities to learn in public schools successfully and need tutoring services. However, students from low-income families cannot afford paying for tutoring. As a result, they need the community assistance and our community suggest them an opportunity to receive tutoring services. As I heard of this program, I became eager to participate because I like learning and I am quite successful in literature and history. So, I offered my services to my community and I believe this was the right decision because I offer my knowledge, skills and abilities to share with other community members. Moreover, I feel that my volunteer job is helpful for students in need.
I do enjoy doing my volunteer job. At the same time, this job is really hard because I have to be a good educator and guide for my students. At first, when I have just started my volunteer job, I had substantial difficulties with teaching and tutoring younger students. In fact, I had no idea of how to work with students and how to tutor them. Nevertheless, I talked to my educators, read specialized literature, searched specialized internet websites and I steadily developed my own style of tutoring, which has proved to be quite effective. At any rate, I attempt to establish friendly relationships with my students and I just want to guide them through the learning material they have to learn. At the same time, we have debates frequently and I found out that, when I encourage the debates, my students grow more interested in the learning material and the subject of our debates. On the other hand, they hate, when I start lecturing them, and, now, I avoid it by all means.
My volunteer job is useful for my community but also for my personal and professional development. In fact, my volunteer job contributes to the development of my organizational and communication skills. For instance, as I work with different students, I have to learn how to tutor each of them and I need to find an effective approach to each student to maximize the effectiveness of my teaching. In addition, when I manage to establish positive relations with my students, I can teach easier because teaching does not need such efforts, compared to situations, when I teach new students, whom I merely know.
Moreover, my tutoring job contributes to the development of my organizational skills because I have to plan the learning process; I have to plan lessons, to develop schedules and to organize the learning of my students. In such a way, I develop my organizational skills and share my experience with my students that I believe is very important for them because they learn new organizational skills and discipline from me. At the same time, I acquire new experience, which may be helpful in my future professional career.
In such a way, my volunteer job, which is tutoring, is very helpful for my community as well as for myself. On the one hand, I help my community because I tutor students from low-income families, who cannot afford paying for tutoring, but who are eager to learn. On the other hand, I develop my communication and organizational skills and I acquire new experience, which contributes to my personal and professional development.