When I grow up, I want to be a volunteer

Posted on May 30, 2013

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a professional sports person. I wanted to sprint like Linford Christie or play professional 'soccer' in the USA. Now I realise that my 'work' and what I'm being is not solely about what I do to get paid. 

Rather, like many others, I contribute to the world through the unpaid ways that I choose to give my time and skills. Over the last 10 years of finding ways to help out, I've learned so much from giving my time as a telephone counsellor at ChildLine, coach educator at TackleAfrica, London 2012 GamesMaker and youth mentor at the Wilderness Foundation. 

We’re not just defined by what we’re paid to do. So why doesn’t the world make a bigger deal of sharing and celebrating everybody's voluntary contribution, rather than focus on the things they do for financial reward? 

Let's raise our children into a world where, 'Actually I help out at the local...' is a valuable answer which we’re confident enough to give.

Sinem's full blog piece can be found here.

Take part in Sinem's Clore Social Fellowship research by joining the #givemytime conversation on twitter.

You can tell your story this week using #volunteersweek or go to www.volunteersweek.org to find out more about volunteering and be inspired to take the time to say thank you.


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Sinem Cakir

Sinem Cakir

Olympic Gamesmaker and youth champion

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