Amazing Reasons You Should Volunteer Today

Amazing Reasons You Should Volunteer Today

University students volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others.

It’s important to think about why you want to volunteer before you choose where and how you want to volunteer. Is it to gain valuable work experience, or do you want to fulfill a passion?

This ESL lesson will develop your English speaking skills and help you evaluate ways to volunteer.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Volunteer 1

1. What’s in the coloured boxes?

2. How come they’re not all wearing matching shirts?

3. Where do you think they’ll take the donations?

4. Why is everyone smiling in the group?

5. Have you ever donated personal belongings?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. What have you volunteered for, if anything?

Food Bank
Habitat for Humanity
Homeless Shelter
Refugee Center
Animal Shelter
Senior Citizens Centre
Library
Red Cross
Hospital
University
Fundraising event(s)
Orphanage
Suicide Hotline
Other

2. If your university asked you to volunteer 1 hour a week to a charity of your choice which one would you choose?

Food Bank
Habitat for Humanity
Refugee Center
Homeless Shelter
Animal Shelter
Senior Citizens Centre
Library
Red Cross
Hospital
University
Fundraising event(s)
Orphanage
Suicide Hotline
Other

3. Given your schedule, what days or times of the week would be most convenient for you to volunteer?

Mon
Tue
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun

4. Given your schedule, what time of the day would be most convenient for you to volunteer and why?

Early morning
Mid morning
Afternoon
Late afternoon
Evening

5. Have you ever bought a ticket for a draw or lottery for charity?

Yes
No

6. If you won a million dollars but under law you were required to give $100,000 to the charity of your choice, which charity would it be and why?

7. How long would you do an internship at a company before asking to be hired part time or full time?

One month
Two months
Three months
Four months
Five months
Six months
Nine months
Twelve months
More than twelve months

8. Do universities in your country look at volunteer experience as a condition for acceptance?

Yes
No

9. Do employers in your country give preference to university students who have volunteer experience?

Yes
No

10. Describe, in detail, a volunteering experience you’ve had. Was it good or bad?

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Volunteer 2

Discuss the Photo

1. Why is the young woman lying down?

2. How long do you think she’ll be in the chair?

More Discussion

3. Have you ever done something like this?

4. What’s your blood type and does it match your personality?

5. Do you have an organ donor card?

6. Some churches expect members to donate 10% of their annual income to the church.How do you feel about this?

7. Who is the biggest philanthropist in your country?

8. Would you give money to beggars in the street?

9. If someone approached you to donate money to their charity, how would you know they’re authentic?

10. Would you rather donate your time or money to a worthy cause?

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 

Amazing Reasons You Should Volunteer Today

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