Join AISEA Volunteer Certification Program

World-changing reasons why you should volunteer with startup

You’ll Develop New Skills and Learn about Sustainable Innovation

By Volunteering with Startups, You can Help Them Grow and Create Jobs

Setting up an accounting system to help an organization prepare for investment.

Creating a go-to-market launch plan for a startup.

Drafting an HR policy to help a growing organization onboard talent.

Teaching project management skills and technology to teams to be more efficient.

Using operation skills to lower costs and improve distribution at healthcare institutions.

Launching a business development plan for a scale-ready organization, and training staff on sales and marketing best practices.

Mentoring mobile technology startups on software engineering best practices.

Volunteer Growth

You don’t just learn a lot about entrepreneurship. You also develop skills that would be very valuable to being an outstanding leader, be it at your job or in your own startup. Like we say, ‘Volunteering at Aisea is a training in leadership and execution’. Additionally you’ll build deep meaningful relationships with different members of the ecosystem. This network will be a very powerful support in your startup journey in the time to come.

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering  at AISEA is a demanding as well as engaging and fun activity you can devote few hours to AISEA in a week and you will learn about new things.

You may be able to find your purpose through volunteering and becoming part of something greater than yourself. For instance, if you’re retired, unexpectedly unemployed or have lost a loved one, helping others can give your life new meaning and keep you mentally stimulated.

Volunteering can help you feel connected to those you are helping in the community. This experience may make you want to get involved with other aspects of your community, such as local politics or advocating for programs you believe are important.

Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends as well as strengthen existing connections with friends, family or coworkers. As a volunteer, you’ll typically interact with people from diverse backgrounds, which allows you to learn other perspectives.

You’ve got to work your way up in order to reach the top. The fact is that reaching some people to help you build your business would be difficult, especially when you’re a newcomer. By doing volunteer work you might get a chance to work with the stars of your community and learn one or two things from them. But the network you build is not just about the big players.

Never underestimate any person you meet in your journey, you never know how helpful the person you’re standing beside could be. And remember, always give back more than you receive.

Volunteering may boost your self-esteem and self-confidence. When you do something you feel is worthwhile and valuable for your community, it gives you a sense of accomplishment that may help you feel more fulfilled about your life and any future goals.

The training and hands-on experience you gain while volunteering can help you learn new skills as well as build upon ones you already have. For example, if you advocate and raise awareness or funding for a cause that interests you, you’ll gain valuable communication, public speaking, marketing and other hard and soft skills. You can then put these skills on your resume to show employers how you build relationships outside of work in addition to any personal interests that can set you apart from other candidates.

Along with acquiring valuable skills and experience, you may also meet people while volunteering who can become your mentors or at least a part of your professional social network. If you choose to pursue a career in the field you’re volunteering in, the connections you make also may help increase your job prospects.

In every job (Read a startup), you face dozens of challenges everyday. Being able to handle them and coming up with solutions requires a great deal of experience, something that you could gain by doing volunteer work and working in a team. The tough times are the best practice to learn from and to try to avoid in the future.

Many people use volunteering as a way to pursue their hobbies while making a difference. For example, if you’re interested in the outdoors, you might volunteer at your community garden or help out at a children’s summer camp. Volunteering for organizations or causes also may provide you with a renewed sense of creativity and motivation that carries over into your personal and professional life.

It often feels good to contribute to projects and organizations that mean something to you. These good feelings can help lessen the effects of stress, anger or anxiety in your life. Volunteering may provide you with the tools you need to be a happy and well-rounded individual. Building bonds and connections with people you volunteer with also may counteract any social isolation. Many volunteer opportunities also may involve physical labor to keep you active and reduce stress.

Through volunteer work, you may overcome the personal challenges of leaving your comfort zone and doing something new with people you may not know. You may be faced with various problems to solve as a volunteer that require you to exercise critical thinking skills that aid your own personal development.

Volunteering allows you to impact and connect with your community, with opportunities that fit a variety of interests. Here are some tips for choosing the right volunteer opportunity for you.

Some of the most common volunteer opportunities that are publicized often include assisting at an animal shelter, planting trees at your local garden, beach or park clean-ups, talking or reading to the elderly and political campaigning. You can begin with any of these options and do a single volunteer day, then evaluate if it sparks your interest to continue pursuing.

Once you’ve narrowed down your interests to a specific type of volunteerism, try talking to a volunteer at the organization or testing it out by volunteering for a specific project to get a sense of if it’s the right fit for you. You’ll get to explore your interests, discover potential new ones and have fun doing so.

After volunteering a couple of times for the same group, you might decide that this is both a cause and an organization you support. If the interest is appropriate but the organization isn’t, explore others that offer similar opportunities. For example, if you love volunteering to help animals, you might prefer to work with a small animal rescue that makes a different impact than a larger animal shelter that may have many more volunteers you might not get to know as well.