The power of volunteering

The power of volunteering has been documented for many years, however recent research is shedding even more light onto its surprising benefits. Science now proves what great leaders and philosophers have known for years:

“One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” - Gordon Hinckl

Community engagement through volunteering is one of the many facets of Boarding at IGS. Engaging with the community provides students with the knowledge and people-skills necessary to be successful in life. The school provides many pathways through Round Square in the day school but Boarding also offers further opportunities to create productive partnerships with community stakeholders.

This term has seen a multitude of community events that IGS Boarders have contributed to, enhancing the personal growth of each boy. Rotary Club events, assisting the disadvantaged members of our community, helping the disabled with backyard clean-ups, sleep-out fundraisers and contributing to the organisation of school events to name a few, all provide the necessary tools to aid their individual development.

From improving our health and happiness to promoting a sense of belonging, boosting mood and making friends, the case for volunteering keeps building. Here are some surprising reasons why volunteering doesn’t just benefit other people, it will improve your own wellbeing too.

The benefits of volunteering

  • act on your values, passions and interests
  • make new friendships and create professional networks
  • gain work experience and learn new skills
  • enjoy new social and cultural experiences
  • develop personally and build confidence
  • enjoy better physical and mental health as studies show volunteering makes us healthier and happier
  • challenge yourself in a supportive environment
  • help your community
  • have fun! 

At IGS, community engagement is something we value highly. The benefits of volunteering provide a great platform in the development of boys as they transition into men.

Stewart Drinkeld
Director of Boarding