Service Learning - Community Service Essay

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The verb Volunteer was first recorded in 1755, from the noun, in C.1600, "one who offers himself for military service," from M.Fr. Voluntaire. The word in the Non-military sense was first recorded during 1630s. The word Volunteering has a more recent usage, still predominantly military, coinciding with the word Community service. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. It is considered as serving the society through one's own interests, personal skills or learning, which in return produces a feeling of self-worth and respect, instead of money. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment or for a variety of other reasons. Volunteering takes many forms and can be performed by anyone with his or her own set of skills. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work in, such as medicine, education etc. Other volunteers serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster. I contributed my time, skills and effort to the early childhood center and they were very receptive of my presence. The kids were very enthusiastic about me being around them: however I played with them until it was time to get the work done. The various tasks were given to me to carry out. Drawing charts, they were placed under my supervision when it was break time, assisting the cook with preparing lunch for them and a few other activities. They were very receptive of me because the institution only has female workers and I was asked to come back and volunteer some more time when I am free. Usually we tend to have different thought processes, reactions and feelings towards situations for example: working with only females, this can be extraordinarily stressful; hence, such interactions boosted their sense of security, making them feel very secure and protected. While

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