Research tells us that the benefits of volunteering are far reaching. Its power to improve physical and mental health, as well as job prospects, are pretty undeniable – that’s probably why International House Copenhagen (IHC) is hosting a Volunteers Fair on May 3.
The twice-annual event will introduce newcomers and long-time Copenhagen expats to a host of volunteering opportunities in and around the city.
Over 25 arts and leisure organisations will be in attendance – including Roskilde Festival and Nørrebro Bibliotek – all primed to promote Copenhagen as a place brimming with culture and activities.
Form new friendships
It can be quite isolating moving to an entirely new country, often not knowing a soul. Events like the Volunteers Fair – which in the past has attracted over 300 attendees – help to combat that and encourage internationals to expand their networks here.
“It’s a great way to make new Danish and international friends,” agrees Jonas Østergård, the project leader at IHC.
“Volunteering is a perfect way to build your social network in Denmark.”
Improve your job prospects
There have been a number of volunteer success stories, with some individuals having gained formal employment as a result of their extra-curriculum pursuits.
“You can boost your CV and use it a useful stepping stone to a paid job.Volunteering is looked upon very positively here in Denmark!” enthused Østergård.
“I’ve heard lots of positive stories of people who have gone on to get jobs through volunteering.”