For many teens in school, volunteering is typically a requirement for graduation. Many teens probably don’t like spending their free time cleaning up trash in the park, talking to elderly people in a nursing home, or repainting some old building. I certainly didn’t. Like most teens, I rather wanted to hang out with friends, watch movies, and fool around.
But volunteering is truly a beneficial way for teens to discover new interests, make connections, help others and make an impact in their communities.
Volunteering projects and experiences help teens build character, social skills, independence, and responsibility. Volunteers are given chances to work with people they may or may not know, understand differences of opinion, and solve problems using teamwork.
It also provides ESL students with the perfect opportunity to use their skills in real-life interactions.
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