Skills You Learn While Volunteering In An NGO

By Anuj Mishra

We are all focused on money and skills that help in making a lot of it. There's nothing wrong with that as money is the basic need to fulfil most requirements of life. But, have you ever thought of working for a non-governmental organisation (NGO)? I am sure many of you haven't till now, but for developing skills that are beneficial for you and the society, it's time that think about it.


We all run after profit, a high bank balance, a high-profile status and facilities, but while doing so, we tend to forget that the skills we have can be utilised for some good causes, which will help us find our inner self and develop a sense of humanity.

Skills You Learn While Volunteering In An NGO

Moreover, it's not just about social service but voluntarily working for NGOs enhances and develops new skills in you. It teaches you several life lessons which won't just be beneficial in your professional life but will stay with you lifelong.

Let's see which are the skills you can develop by joining and working for an NGO.

Leadership Skills

When you work with a team in an NGO, you are often given a chance to lead a group of people. Managing a group might sound easy but it's not. There are decisions you need to take in everyone's favour and which are right for everyone.

At the same time, you need to consider everyone's opinion without hurting their sentiments. For taking care of these things altogether, you need to be unbiased and fair, which is a skill that could be precious to possess.

Interactive Skills

Working in a team demands you to talk with different types of people with varied natures and behaviours. Dealing with everyone with humbleness and not losing your temper is a quality which can only be learned by spending time with people who are working together. This develops great interactive skills which could be fruitful in all walks of life.

Working With An Unselfish Attitude

NGOs are basically non-profit organisations whose main focus is providing service to the society instead of making money. Resultantly, they either pay you very less money or no money, which helps you develop a sense of unselfishness. Once this quality is developed, you won't always work for profit but for a purpose which is beneficial for others.

Cultural Awareness

Great NGOs do not see the caste or religion of the people for whom they work. That ultimately means when you work with an NGO, you get to deal with people from various social backgrounds, religions and cultures, which helps you learn to adopt a new culture and working environment.

Having great cultural knowledge and adaptable skills makes you versatile for the future; thereafter, wherever or whoever you work with, you know how to deal with different situations.

Makes You More Responsible

Having workload and doing it, even after knowing you won't get too much in return, develops a sense of responsibility. While going through this, you keep acquiring the quality of completing tasks without looking for profit in everything.

Broadens Your Thinking

When you work for your own self, your thinking spectrum gets limited and never do you think beyond the enclosure of your life and gains. But, working in an NGO forces you to think for people. This widens your thinking spectrum so that in future when you work, you think of the group or on a company level, which ultimately enhances your credibility and reputation.

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