Why is volunteering important?
Through volunteering, you can:
- improve your resume; volunteering looks great on a resume!
- network; it's an opportunity for networking and obtaining letters of recommendation
- gain insight regarding your educational interests and aptitudes
- what target audience do you want to work with? For example, children, adolescence, adults, the elderly, those with attentional and or recognition impairments due to brain damage, etc.
- what sector you want to work in? For example, business, education, government, treatment facilities, etc.
- develop leadership skills
- apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom at the volunteer setting. See distinctive marketable skills of Psychology Majors.
- build self-confidence and self-esteem
- gain the experience profile needed for admission to future programs. Volunteering shows commitment to the field of interest and some understanding of the work within it. See further studies.
Get involved in student organizations, peer mentoring programs, etc. to develop leadership skills
- Frontier College (formerly UWaterloo Tutors) - UWaterloo Chapter for Frontier College which is a national non-profit literacy organization (note: if the group is not active in a given term the listing will not appear on that website)
- UWaterloo clubs
Imprint - student newspaper
MATES (Mentor Assistance Through Education and Support) provides one to one peer support appointments including drop-in appointments for UWaterloo students. Student peer mentors are third and fourth year students who go through intensive training to assist distressed students regarding academic, social, or physical difficulties. Students can make their own appointments or be referred by a counsellor, psychologist, or nurse. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychology Undergraduate Student Society (PsychSoc)
Other volunteer opportunities on-campus
Don positions at the student residences
Volunteer opportunities elsewhere
Centre for Career Action:
- Volunteer Fair - speak to agency representatives regarding local opportunities
- Volunteering - find opportunities locally, in Canada, and abroad
Strong Start - help ensure reading skills for children
Global Experiences Certificate
See the Undergraduate calendar for details.
International Experiences Awards
Student leadership e-certificate program
The Department of Organizational and Human Development encourages all students to pursue various leadership development opportunities in order to become effective leaders of tomorrow. See student leadership certificate program.