Though, the concept of community volunteer service is not very new, its importance has developed in the past few years. People of all age groups, with a maximum number of youths are involved in the process of community service. The process is beneficial both for the individuals as well as the society. Without community volunteer service, people would not know the meaning of charity and giving back. Personally, in my opinion, this kind of program is not a responsibility or an obligation; it is a commitment. A person must be willing to do it with good intentions and not because they are being coerced to do so.
One of the easiest ways for me to get satisfaction from life is to dedicate time to the cause I feel passionate about. Community service is the focus of my specialty and gives me many opportunities to utilize my talents to help those in need of guidance and extra help. I, together with my colleagues have established a non-profitable organization in Ghana, West Africa, called GloAid Change Makers Foundation, where our main goal is to help the less privilege in our local communities in terms of education, health and other supports. I opted to join the Hikers Volunteer Service, Wuhan because of my undying love for being able to put smile on people’s faces. The people who partake in these projects are residents of my community, and are always willing to discuss the benefits of helping others. I discovered that, I have found a course that suits my interests, serving others is an enjoyable experience, rather than becoming a burden. I appreciate the magnanimous gesture from Miss Raylene, who introduced and made me part of the organization. Among my numerous commitments to community service, these programs impacted my character in a positive manner and allowed me to feel proud of my accomplishments. Throughout my service to the community, I was able to exhibit my existing talents and also even felt fortunate enough to develop a new skill set. By helping all sorts of age group, I have become more empathetic which helps in my daily relationships with both friends and introvert, reserved human companions. Additionally, this volunteer opportunity allowed me to reduce tension and momentarily forget much of my problems, since spending more of my leisure time with co-volunteers miraculously transformed me into a happier and more content individual. However, the whole ordeal has become a lesson about responsibility and flexibility for me. This change has increased my flexibility and patience, and made the experience more unique, by allowing me to have encounter with people of different ages from various schools and communities in the city of Wuhan. Overall, this program gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons.
Although I have partaken in numerous volunteer activities back in Ghana in previous years, I seldom found myself in a dreading volunteer service program this past year, during the Covid-19 era. Continual pressure and stress pertaining my academics, my foundation back home, and my future life heavily burdened me. I still tried my best to fulfill what my inner being wanted me to do, thus by continuing to give a helping hand when needful. By learning to help others, I have also learned to appreciate myself and my actions at a more profound level. Although the assignment towards the Covid-19 eradication is on a low now, my inclination to serve others has not faded. I will still continue to help others in the community regardless of where I go. This experience has helped me to cherish my ability to influence and impact others in a positive way, and it helped me to look at community service as a benefit for myself, instead of just another obligation I have to fit into my schedule.
Even though, generally it has been tough journey for me, however, I treasure my ability to help others. These kinds of programs bring out attributes within me that I never realized existed, challenging me to become more patient and caring, and encouraging me to strive towards being a better person.
YAW OWUSU-ACHEAW (Nana)
Wuhan University of Science and Technology