Volunteering: why, how and where

Often I hear phrases like “I can’t find a job” and “I don’t have experience!” And my answer always is “Go and get your experience.” The first and the easiest way to get experience during school time is VOLUNTEERING. And the most beautiful part of it is that you can get it right on campus.

So “why” do I recommend to go volunteering:

  • It helps students to gain practical skills by putting them in different situations and environments; these you cannot learn in a classroom.
  • It is a chance to create new connections and grow your network. You can meet variety of people and have new friends as well.
  • You can also build your career options. Visualize yourself on a work place and try a desired position.
  • And the last but not least, get some paragraphs to your resume.

Let’s move to “how“. To get involved on campus and volunteer on TRU events you need to sign up online for volunteers pool. You will get an email notification about upcoming volunteering opportunities on campus.

TRU Students’ Union also gives some options for volunteers. Go to Volunteer Registry to subscribe their notification list.


TRU also has Center for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation who does accept applications from volunteers in all academic disciplines.

Some of the events that involves volunteers are repeated every year or even every semester. Let’s transition to part “where” and talk about some of them.

I think many of you heard about International Days. If shortly, it’s a big festival of international culture that takes place in March every year in TRU. IDays involve not only students but local community and is a great chance for volunteers to get experience and have fun.


Multicultural events during IDays: Cooking Show


Multicultural events during IDays: Cedar Weaving


Another one highly recommended is Orientation days for international students. TRU has 3 intakes during the year and as a result 3 orientations for new students. Volunteers do a lot of work during orientation, starting from the airport, they meet freshmen and guide them through their first days.

Sometimes university gets requests for volunteers from outside. A good example is upcoming Canada day celebration with participation of Kamloops Multicultural Society. 19 volunteers from TRU are going to be involved in activities on July 1st at Riverside Park.

Another quick example that I tried by myself is Special Olympics BC, they organized their competition for athletes in Kamloops last year.

You can always check current volunteering options available in Kamloops using this link.

Stay connected to learn about other options to get experience while studying.

Leave comments and share your volunteering experience!

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