Volunteer Reflection and Goal Setting

SALSA (Serve and Learn Student Association) is a program of the Helpline Center that engages high school students in volunteering. The questions below were shared with students recently in a weekly e-newsletter as a way of helping them reflect on their service experiences, but can apply to people of any age as a way of better understanding their own strengths in service. Look through the questions and think of your own volunteer experiences as well as any goals you’d like to set for the coming year.

New Years is often a time of reflection and goal setting. Reflection is an important part of service and here are 10 questions to help you think back on the year and prepare for the one to come…

  • What was your favorite volunteer experience of 2013? Why?
  • What was a challenge that happened while volunteering, and how did you overcome it?
  • Was there a particular person that you appreciated getting to know/interacting with during a volunteer experience? What qualities did you appreciate?
  • How do you feel after you serve?
  • What questions did you have after a volunteer experience?
  • Pick three words to describe your 2013.
  • Is there a certain population that you would like to serve this coming year? (i.e. youth, people with disabilities, homeless)
  • Is there an issue that you would like to focus on during the coming year? (i.e. hunger, literacy, certain health issue)
  • What did you learn about our community through volunteering? Did it help you learn/realize something that was different than through the classroom?
  • What ideas do you have for a project that could be done in our community? What is stopping you from taking the first step?

Your answers to these questions can provide insight about your particular strengths and interests… and ultimately the gifts that only you possess and can contribute to our community.

We would love to hear your reflections on your service in 2013, and ideas for the year to come.  Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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