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ESC: My volunteering journey by Viki

For the past year, I have had the incredible opportunity to volunteer with Youth for Equality, an international organization dedicated to promoting equality and social change. This experience has been nothing short of transformative, allowing me to gain valuable skills, forge meaningful connections, and immerse myself in a diverse and stimulating environment. From February to December, my journey with Youth for Equality encompassed a multitude of activities and initiatives, each designed to make a positive impact on both local and global communities. One highlight was organizing workshops at high schools. I improved my presentation skills, learned to engage audiences, and got better at explaining complex ideas. In addition to working with high school students, I also had the opportunity to collaborate with a local charity. This experience provided me with a hands-on understanding of community engagement and the tangible impact that can be achieved through collective effort. I did tasks like helping with the charity’s daily activities, learning project management and problem-solving skills. One of the most rewarding aspects of my volunteering journey was the cultural exchange that took place within Youth for Equality. Being an international organization, I had the privilege of working alongside individuals from all corners of the globe. This exposure to diverse cultures and perspectives not only broadened my understanding of the world but also enriched my interpersonal skills. Through meaningful interactions, I learned the importance of empathy, tolerance, and open-mindedness, which have become invaluable traits in navigating an interconnected world. My year as a volunteer with Youth for Equality nurtured important soft skills that are transferable to various aspects of life. Critical thinking and problem-solving became second nature as I encountered and resolved challenges during the planning and execution of events and projects. The ability to adapt, think on my feet, and find innovative solutions has proved invaluable in both personal and professional domains. Perhaps one of the most fulfilling experiences during my volunteering journey was the opportunity to teach yoga as part of our projects. Combining my passion for physical and mental well-being with the desire to create positive change, teaching yoga enabled me to inspire and empower individuals on their wellness journeys. Through this role, I gained valuable teaching and facilitation skills, honed my ability to create inclusive spaces, and witnessed firsthand the transformative power of mindfulness and self-care. Looking back, I am grateful for the experiences and lessons gained from volunteering with Youth for Equality. It equipped me with practical skills, shaped my identity and values, and fueled my passion for positive change. As I move forward, I carry the lessons learned and look forward to future endeavors with the same dedication.