One of the best ways I find to get through a long deployment is to volunteer and help others. My mood brightens and the distraction of giving back is always more fun and rewarding than I ever thought possible. If you're not quite sure where to start, this post will help.
You'll need to determine just where you should volunteer your time.
Sit down with your journal and write down all the things you enjoy doing, all the things you are good at and tasks where you find time flies. By choosing to share your unique strengths and skills, you'll make the biggest impact in someone's life. If your not sure what you enjoy doing, sometimes by listing all the things we do not enjoy doing can clarify what we DO enjoy. A great example of what not to do: if you do not enjoy small children, do not volunteer to watch your neighbors three kids under six years old while she goes to the commissary. If however, you want to be a Kindergarten teacher one day this would be a better fit!
Make a list of all the possible ways to volunteer and share your skills.
Here is a list of 4 possible ways to strategically volunteer to get you started:
Remember to treat your volunteer time like a real job. It's important that you are on time, prepared, and keep a positive attitude.
Good luck and let me know how you decide to give back to others by sharing your unique talents and strengths!
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