Volunteering is when you share your skills and time to help others in the community with no financial gain. Volunteering can provide you with many personal and professional benefits, allowing you to:
- use your skills for a meaningful purpose
- learn a new skill
- gain experience
- broaden your networks, meet new people and make friends
- improve your resume
- enhance your employability skills
- raise your appeal to potential employers.
There are a number of resources that can provide you with useful information about the benefits of and how to get involved in volunteering. Visit Access to view current volunteering opportunities.
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Volunteer work will also contribute towards qualifying for the Phoenix Award.
2019 National Student Volunteer Week
12 - 19 August 2019
The University of Southern Queensland have multiple activities happening for NSVW 2019 to acknowledge our current volunteers, showcase volunteer organisations and opportunities, and promote the benefits of volunteering particularly in relation to their employability.
Acknowledge USQ Volunteers
USQ Student Life have invited current USQ student volunteers to an event in celebration of this week and to acknowledge their contribution to the university. The team will be putting on a pizza lunch for our volunteers to enjoy.
Showcasing Organisations and Opportunities
During NSVW each day we will be showcasing a volunteer organisation and/or opportunity, highlighting to students the range of opportunities out there. This will be held on an online platform which provides students additional resources on volunteering from how to find volunteer work, what the benefits of volunteering are and ways students can get assistance with their applications. A stall will also be available on the Springfield and Ipswich campuses during common hour to showcase this initiative.
Volunteering and your Employability
Volunteering is a great way to increase your networks, get work experience and gain skills while also giving back to the community. USQ Careers and Employability will be presenting to USQ Human Services students on the benefits of volunteering for their career and employability development.