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Volunteering: How It Changed My Life!

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Believe it or not, volunteer work changed my life. The first time I volunteered I was 11 years old! Yes that young. In fact I’m glad my school (ISC) had something called Student Life Organization (SLO) which engages students in their school life to run this student led organization that acts something like a Student Affairs in a typical school.

Starting at that young age helped me overcome some personal weak points, from shyness to knowing how to interact and deal with people and responsibilities. Yet the seed it planted in me…didn’t stop there, it grew multiple folds to flourish in my university life and beyond.

From the first year of university, I just had that drive to give back to community, to serve, to grow, to meet people and so I ended up joining student societies and clubs at my university (AUB) as well as cofounding an NGO called Aie Serve among my involvement with many others that I am still involved in till this day whether as founder or Board Member or Advisor or simply as a member.

So here are some of the things I believe volunteer work gave me:

  • Opened my mind to new ways of thinking about life.
  • Gave me a purpose beyond my own self and my day to day life.
  • Got me to meet the most inspiring people I would have never dreamed of knowing.
  • Made me more friends that I could have possibly done in 50 years.
  • Gave me life changing experiences and challenges that made me mature way faster than many of my colleagues and friends that were not involved in volunteer work.
  • Made me feel proud about the achievements I was able to accomplish with the teams I worked with to make Lebanon a better place to live in. From improving the life of underserved children to giving back to nature through tree planting and beach cleanups to mentoring youth to training and sharing knowledge with aspiring young leaders to many many maaany more.
  • Gave me opportunities to learn how to manage projects, lead teams, do strategic planning, explore my training skills, brainstorm for ideas that will make the world a better place…just to mention a few.
  • Lead me to having a career in consultancy and training that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t do all the volunteer work I did, simply because a typical university life and a 8-5 job wouldn’t have given me half as much opportunities to learn, grow and meet new people.

So my recommendation to you, no matter how old you are or what your social/economic/academic/marital status is, if you’re not engaged in some volunteer work already, then get to it! You can never do too much volunteer work, the more the merrier, and trust me it just gets better with time, just make sure you join the organizations or causes that you feel passionate about or at least interested in, the rest will follow!

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  1. Ziad Shaaban
    May 1, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Well, from what I have read and know about you , you have a very prosperous career ahead.
    Keep up!

    • May 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Ziad…thank you so much. I’m both glad and honored to know your feedback of me. You as well are having a prosperous career and wishing you more and more 😉

  2. May 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

    And you do an amazing job at it Afif 🙂 you’ve become an inspiration to others yourself 🙂 if only the day had more than 24 hours. I’m sure the insomnia thingy wouldn’t be necessary then 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. danasobh
    May 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I absolutely love the story of the ‘Kid in dorky glasses’ to the inspiring man you are today! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience and what you have learned; I actually relate to this on soo many levels. Admire the passion. 🙂

    • May 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you Dana….u r doing great yourself…I see you as an inspiring leader yourself…give it time and you will be doing wonders!

  4. WISSAM BAASSIRI
    September 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

    AFIF YA AFIF ,PERSON WITH NO LIMITS ,PERSON WITH BIG UNBELIEVABLE DREAMS ,
    YOU ARE A PERSON WHOM I AM PROUD THAT I MEET YOU ONE DAY ,WORKED TOGETHER,INSPIRED OTHERS,ENJOYED OUR TIME …
    SO DON’T LET ANYBODY BREAK YOUR DREAMS OR STOPP YOU FROM DOING ANYTHING YOU LIKE.
    I AM ALWAYS HERE TO SUPPORT

    • September 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thank u dear Wissam. I truly appreciate you support.

      Side note: Using capital letters means you are screaming, which I know is not the case, so I just wanted to shed light on that 🙂

  5. June 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Encore un article clairement fascinant

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