Why volunteer before you start your undergraduate degree?
Many prospective undergraduate students need to demonstrate how they have developed their skills outside of an academic environment. It is also a great way to show potential employers that you have real life skills and experience.
There are many ways of gaining voluntary experience to help develop your skills and build your cv. For example, if you are applying to study a course like medicine, your application may well be assessed on the basis of you being able to demonstrate your commitment and understanding of the profession through things like work volunteering in the field. Getting the right experience before you apply to university can really make or break your chances of success.
When you are looking to begin your undergraduate university journey and busy studying to get those all important grades, the last thing on your mind may be getting experience of work outside of your studies. Getting voluntary experience to build your cv can help demonstrate the types of skills like this that universities and employers look for. You need to be able to show how you have used your time efficiently and gained experiences outside of your studies.
How do I find the right volunteering placement?
There are many ways of seeking out voluntary experiences. You may be able to find opportunities on a regular basis during your time at school, a longer placement during your summer break or even take a year out. Uni Direct could help you find voluntary placements abroad, working on exciting projects that can help you make a real difference to people’s lives or the environment.
For example would you like to go to Africa on a voluntary placements from two weeks to several months in duration. This could be on a range of exciting projects based in South Africa, Namibia or Botswana. Projects include conservation related ones that help protect endangered species, social projects that help benefit deprived communities or educational projects.
These opportunities are once in a life time experiences and will make your personal statement stand out if you are applying to study at university.
Helping you to secure the right volunteering placement needs a bespoke approach, and we will help you consider your needs. If you would like to find out more please contact us to speak to one of our advisers.