7 Benefits Of Volunteering With GT Scholars

7 Benefits Of Volunteering With GT Scholars

We know there are many volunteering opportunities out there, so you may be wondering – Why GT Scholars?  Why should I volunteer for this organisation? What makes it different from other social enterprises? What can I benefit from it? Volunteering with GT Scholars can be a great and rewarding experience. In this blog post, we will be sharing more information about the organisation and exploring 7 reasons why you should consider volunteering with GT Scholars.

1. Make A Positive Impact

The GT Scholar’s programme tackles educational inequality and social mobility by helping young people from low-income households gain access to selective universities such as Oxford or Cambridge and highly competitive careers. We believe that all young people have their own unique set of gifts, talents and strengths and they can achieve amazing things when they get the chance to build on their natural strengths and develop new skills.

Moreover, as a tutor or mentor, you would be helping scholars bridge the gap and break free from the social restraints that are prevalent in this generation. Through tutoring in Maths or English for one hour a week for twelve weeks, you would help scholars improve their grades, build their confidence and perhaps even give them guidance in their educational or career path. The same can be said for mentoring, during the 2-3 hours a month of volunteering as a mentor, you would be making a difference in a young person’s life and guiding them through life’s challenges so that they can work towards reaching their full potential and achieving their goals.

2. Flexible Online Volunteering

Our scholars benefit from a blended learning programme. Which means using a combination of online tutoring, mentoring sessions, enrichment sessions and skill-building events. Most of our mentors and tutors are matched with one scholar, while others choose to tutor or mentor up to three scholars per term. We try to make the volunteer experience as flexible as possible. This allows our volunteers to either increase or cut down their hours at the end of each term depending on their availability.

We believe that, no matter where you are, there’s always a way to give back. Due to COVID-19, a vast number of our volunteer opportunities are solely online. Therefore you stand to save on travel expenses and gain the fulfilment of making a positive impact in a young person’s life in the comfort of your home. Aditionally, you can decide on a schedule that suits you and your scholar, making this volunteering role extremely flexible.

3. Meaningful Work Leads To Meaningful Lives

Each person is unique and therefore they choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons.  Every volunteer gets something different from their volunteering experience, including the opportunity to improve their self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and fulfilment when contributing to causes you’re passionate about. It offers opportunities to develop new skills or enhance existing ones, such as communication, leadership, and problem-solving. Importantly, volunteering allows you to make a tangible difference in the lives of others and contribute to positive social change. 

Moreover, a large majority of our existing volunteers find their experience fulfilling and it gives them a sense of purpose. “I believe the best way to give back is to build relationships with people and offer support.” says one of our volunteer mentors. And lastly, one of our volunteer tutors said, “English tutoring has been a fun, challenging, rewarding, and positive experience!”. Learn from the experiences of our volunteers, by delving into our Spotlight Interviews. These interview transcripts will allow you to understand the different reasons and impact that volunteering with GT Scholars has on our volunteer community. 

4. Enhanced Resume And Personal Growth  

When it comes to volunteering, many think that only those on the receiving end of the volunteering service benefit. However, volunteering provides valuable experience that can enhance your resume or CV and make you more attractive to employers.  It challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, learn new things, and grow personally and emotionally. If you are passionate about education and decreasing education inequality in your community then volunteering with GT Scholars is a great way to start. We’ve had undergraduate students in humanities gain experience from volunteering with us and heads of departments retire into the education sector upon finding their calling after volunteering with us. 

Furthermore, there are many short-term and long-term benefits that volunteers receive when they choose to take on this role. One of these benefits is how this volunteer role can boost your CV, especially for undergraduates. Potential employers mostly seek to see what extracurricular work you have done during the course of your studies. When they see that you have previously taken on the role of a volunteer, it reveals a few things about your character and the kind of person they would be bringing on board to work for them. Read our blog post to explore more about the impact of volunteering on your CV.

5. Be Part Of An Innovative Social Enterprise 

Volunteering is important for communities because it supports organisations to provide vital services to groups and individuals within the community. Most charities use a simple funding model where funders and donors donate money to the charity to help some young people from low-income homes. We operate a unique funding model. This means, we are sustainable and we don’t have to rely on grants and external funding to continue serving the community.

Equally important, we’ve set up a social enterprise business model so that we can help more people with less charitable funding. We charge means-tested fees to our scholars. Hence for every child from a high-income household that we support, we can support two young people from low-income households. This is an innovative model and we hope that you can be part of the change that we’re trying to create in the world.

6. Engage Beyond Tutoring And Mentoring

Volunteering at GT Scholars is anything but linear. Apart from tutoring, mentoring and supporting young people and parents at events, our volunteers are the backbone of the organisation. We know that our volunteers have so much more to offer than just tutoring and mentoring. As a social enterprise, we welcome different forms of assistance from our volunteers and individuals who wish to make a difference without the commitment, from corporate partnership referrals to parent or scholar referrals. 

However, we have a blog post that delves into the different ways that one can volunteer with GT Scholar in more detail. This could be in project management, workshop facilitation, photography, videography, fundraising, communications or marketing. We know that not every volunteer has the time to commit to one hour a week of tutoring or mentoring. Therefore, these alternative options give you the opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to give back and contribute to the GT Scholars mission. Explore the different roles by clicking here or feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.

7. Connect With Like-minded Individuals

Our volunteers are passionate about making a difference in young people’s lives. When we started the programme, we were amazed by the large number of people who understood our mission and chose to use their time to volunteer with GT Scholars. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and many of them study full-time, work or are retired. We are always inspired by our volunteers. If you decide to volunteer with us, we would love you to meet other inspirational volunteers that we work with. 

Lastly, as a volunteer with GT Scholars, we will give you access to our weekly volunteer newsletter. It will keep you up to date with tips, resources and upcoming events in which you can participate. Our online webinars and events cover a range of topics. There are many ways in which you can benefit from attending these events. Either by gaining a new skill, networking or sharing ideas with other like-minded individuals. This is perfect for undergraduates who are still to decide about their future career path or graduates who would like to build their professional network and establish some contacts within different industries. Subscribe to our volunteer newsletter Friends of GT Scholars!

At GT Scholars we are committed to tackling the issue of educational inequality. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with GT Scholars, then get in touch with us! We are particularly keen to meet undergraduates, graduates and other professionals who work in careers or study at universities that our scholars aspire to. Our recruitment process includes an interview, background checks and a training course. These are done to ensure that you are well-prepared and informed before you begin your volunteering journey with us. If you have a genuine passion for social mobility and educational equality and wish to get involved, get in touch with us by filling out this online contact form.

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