What will you be doing this summer? Perhaps you already have a holiday planned or a summer job lined up. But if you’re not sure how to fill the rest of your time, then perhaps you should consider volunteering.

There are lots of ways to find a project that works for you. If you live in the UK, you can find local opportunities for young volunteers with vinspired. You could find yourself looking after animals, tending to the environment, or working with kids. Whatever interests you most!

If you are still unsure, here are three great reasons to become a volunteer:

1. It is good for your health. In fact, the NHS says that acts of kindness and giving are a great way to boost your mental wellbeing. They give you a sense of purpose and community, which in turn makes you happier.

2. It is great for your career. Volunteering teaches new skills that will look great on your CV and university applications. And if you’re not sure what you want to be, volunteering is an easy way to try out different roles.

3. It makes the world a better place. Volunteering allows you to change the world, meet new people from different backgrounds, and shape your community. What better way to spend your summer?

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In this short video about the secrets of happiness, The School of Life says we should stop trying to make ourselves happy and concentrate on cheering up other people. Is volunteering the best way to be happy?


  1. Produce a leaflet or poster about the benefits of volunteering for young people.
  2. Research a celebrity or historical figure who volunteered. What did they do, why did they do it, and how did they make a difference?
  3. Search for volunteering projects in your local area. Create a list of five opportunities you might be interested in this summer.