Across Australia, more than six million people volunteer their time and services. Research shows that that those volunteers are happier as a result. So why volunteer? 'The difference I make to the community' and 'the sense of purpose it gives me' are the two most frequently mentioned things volunteers value most.
Volunteering is generally associated with charity organisations, but it also plays an important role at the Australian National University (ANU). ANU has a network of 500 active alumni volunteers who take part in a variety of activities in Australia and internationally. From career events, to mentoring, organising reunions, our volunteers support students throughout their academic journeys - these are just some of the ways they give back. We caught up with alumna Carys Chan to find out what inspires her to volunteer for ANU.
"Volunteering for ANU has been an eye-opening and fulfilling experience for me thus far. The Alumni Relations team is always committed and motivated to deliver highly successful events and initiatives which engage ANU alumni within and beyond Australia. Seeing the number of alumni who have reconnected with our alma mater has given me a lot of satisfaction."
Carys graduated with Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in 2013. On completion of her Honours year, she realised that she enjoyed doing research, particularly in the field of Organisational Behaviour, leading her to pursue a PhD in Business at the Research School of Management.
In addition, Carys is an academic tutor and guest lecturer for two management courses, and is a College of Business and Economics higher degree research representative.
Carys has found time in her busy schedule to volunteer with Alumni Relations & Philanthropy since 2013.
"Recently I have taken on the role of a Social Media Ambassador, in which I engage graduating ANU students and alumni through social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and keep them up-to-date with ANU-related news and alumni events. I am also part of a group of Singaporean ANU graduates who manages the 'ANU Singaporean Community' Facebook page, through which we share articles, events and activities with the ultimate aim of keeping ANU Singaporean students and graduates in the loop of all ANU and Canberra-related news."
Through giving her time as a volunteer, Carys continues to make an important contribution to alumni engagement with the Australian National University.
If you are interested in volunteering contact the Alumni Relations team by email.