Your adopted country needs you … to volunteer!

Anna Clarke
May 1st, 2016

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Helping good causes can improve your employment prospects, enthuses organiser

Helping others make us happy (photo: Ella Navarro)

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.”


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