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Volunteering as an Adult
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So, I'm living in New Zealand and while waiting for my next, more permanent, visa to get approved which will open me up for more job opportunities than what I currently have, I've decided (with help from ecco) to start volunteering.
I have sent my CV to one of the volunteering organizations in the city, and they have responded giving me two jobs to essentially pick from. One of them is general administrative assistant work, the other is a recruiting interviewer. I decided to go with the Admin one, simply because I think that will give me a good basis to figuring out how volunteerism works in new Zealand, and also a good start in figuring out what an AA does.
here comes the question.
The only volunteering I've ever done in my life, and granted i've done a bunch of it, all happened between the ages of 9 and 18 while in 4-H. I'm now 30. And I honestly am not sure what is involved in volunteering as an adult. is it really something as simple as just rolling up your sleeves and getting involved like it was when I was a kid? Have any of you done some volunteer work on a large scale, or small scale, in your adult life and can you give me some advice or pointers for just what I might be getting into?
I worked for my dad's non-profit that he ran out of the house, but that was mostly stuffing envelopes and inputting people into the address database that we started back in 1995 and have never upgraded and is still on the same IBM computer that it started on (dad does not handle change very well). What else is there to really expect?
Anything anybody can tell me about being an adult volunteer would be awesome, I'm really hoping that this will help lead me into a different direction in my life with maybe a future career in an industry like this.