Why is it important to volunteer?
Volunteering is the authentic form of sharing.
The volunteer decides to offer his collaboration for free. And this inevitably involves a total change in the perception of life and social relationships.
Volunteering is an experience full of emotions that provides us the acquisition of a new awareness of the world around us.
Being in a country with a completely different culture from ours, in poor conditions and humanitarian emergency, is not only a great act of solidarity but also a valuable contribution to the personal growth of the individual.
An example can be volunteering in Africa, where you have to face difficult situations but where you can find a very strong enrichment.
Say "doing" the volunteer is not realistic and isn't the right definition. For me is better to say "to be" a volunteer because the volunteer has a different mental attitude and a different way to approach the other.
To be Active and part of a project is a different lifestyle and a constant training for ourselves.
There are several reasons that motivate a person to be a volunteer: the need for solidarity, a social life and personal motivations such as the search for the meaning of our own existence.
But one element is always present, the empathy.
Empathy is the ability to understand the other's experience, the ability to listen, to feel compassion, and the capacity to self-analysis.
So, for the success of this kind of experiences, the true goal of the volunteer is to take care of the problems and the hard situations, that we are facing them on the way and try to find new solutions.