According to a newly launched study by The National Volunteer Centre of Denmark, a total of one million hours a day is spent on volunteering at various sports- and homework clubs, crisis centres, soup kitchens, asylum centres and music festivals in Denmark. In addition to individual efforts, municipalities have also started collaborating with volunteer organisations in order to strengthen the sector.
The interest in volunteering has increased significantly in just two years, showing that 4 out of 10 Danes have been engaged in some sort of volunteer work within the last year and 7 out of 10 within the last five years. That’s a lot and it makes us wonder – what’s it all about?
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Volunteering in Copenhagen
What is volunteering?
Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause without receiving a financial reward. It is a non-profit activity that is by some considered to be the glue that holds a community together. It allows you to connect with your community and make it a better place – and it can take place anywhere from a soup kitchen to a music festival, depending on your values and interests as a volunteer.
Though financial benefit is not one of them, volunteering can still deliver a wealth of benefits. Self-worth, great fun and new friendships together with an opportunity to develop new skills, gain work experience and potential job opportunities are just some of the many returns. Making a difference in someone’s life or within your community makes volunteering a highly satisfactory and rewarding experience for most people.
Regardless of your age, background or work experience, you most probably possess a skill that someone out there needs. Volunteering is therefore for everyone willing to give the time, effort and skill to a need or cause without expecting monetary profit.
What do the volunteers say?
Now that you know what volunteering is all about know, perhaps it's time to hear what the volunteers think themselves? We have gathered some of the feedback our own volunteers at International House Copenhagen have expressed throughout the years.
"Volunteering is a great way to get involved, meet new people and enhance my community experience so it is my pleasure to be a volunteer in the international house. "
"Working with you has given me such a great feeling of being useful to society and our community so thank you for providing this opportunity."
"This is what makes your free time valuable, I would recommend it to anyone."
"I enjoy volunteering because I meet new people from all over the world. I also get to practice my English and Danish, which makes me more confident."
"International House has given me the opportunity to work with great people, expanding my knowledge about Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark."
"Volunteering makes me understand the local business culture here!"
How do I volunteer?
Volunteering brings people together and strengthens our communities for which reason International House Copenhagen celebrates it in all shapes and forms. This we do through our own internal volunteer team together with our biannual Volunteer Fair, where we bring together some of the coolest organisation that provide volunteer opportunities in Copenhagen.
Please find a list below and feel free to take direct contact, if you find the organization interesting and the volunteer positions described appealing.