What to do Over the Summer — Volunteering Edition!

It’s the end of the school year and summer is almost here, what are you going to do now? Keep on volunteering!

  • If you live near the beach, try to do a beach cleanup. You can enjoy the beach while helping the environment. You can also do this at a lake or anywhere nature-related. Littering and pollution is always a problem in many communities, so organizing a trash pickup is great step toward a healthier and cleaner world!
  • Be a summer camp counselor. A counselor is a fulfilling volunteering opportunity because it helps develop many leadership and organizational skills — and activities are really fun for the kids and for you.
  • Volunteer at the library. Many libraries have volunteering opportunities open during the summer, from reading with toddlers to helping with community activities. Libraries in your area usually have a summer reading program, and many teens are able to volunteer for this program. See if your local libraries offer similar events!
  • Work at a garden. In the heat, many nurseries or gardens love extra help to keep their plants thriving.
  • Showcase your talent at a senior center or local shelter. Play a musical instrument and need to keep your skills up during the summer? Kill two birds with one stone by sharing your talent at a senior center or local shelters. Volunteering at a senior center or local shelter in any capacity is always appreciated!
  • If possible, consider summer volunteer opportunities abroad. There are organizations that send you to developing countries where you can participate in a variety of volunteer work, from building schools to teaching young kids how to read. My friend personally attended one of these camps, and she said it was one of the most memorable and inspiring moments in her life.

These are just a few ideas you can try out this summer! There are countless opportunities out there besides the ones listed above, so be sure to go out and explore. This summer, enhance your personal growth by getting out of  your comfort zone and experiencing as many new service activities as possible!

Always stay #lionsheartstrong!


Written by Audrey Xia – Lion’s Heart Intern and Blogger Audrey is a devoted Lion’s Heart volunteer and a passionate writer. If she’s not volunteering, writing, or playing soccer, you can probably catch her rocking out to some new music or eating Asian snacks.

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