From first YEU Youth Worker of the Year awardee – is volunteering addictive?
International Day of Volunteers was established on 5th December by United Nations. Volunteering is something that all cultures, languages and religions have in common and it's something that unites us, since all volunteers share the same value – to help make this world a better place.
And I know, this phrase – make a world a better place sounds poor, but my first volunteering action started when I was 11. It was the first time I heard about Convention on the Rights of a Child, and we were fighting for a safe place to play. We were still kids, you know. So, think how many actions have been taken at the same time that day around the world and how many volunteers were involved in order to make a change!
Each day, hundreds of millions of people are giving their time and skills voluntarily. Can you imagine the power they have?
The most interesting thing about volunteering is that you can easily get addicted. And now I'm 20 years old. I have been actively volunteering through these years in 4 NGO's, some local and some international. I worked with so many different groups of people, travelled in 20 countries, had the opportunity to cooperate with people coming from different parts of the world and from each one I learned something.
Thank you YEU for giving me Mykola Pekh award for YEU youth worker of the year.