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Internships, Community Service, and Volunteerism

''Service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time or after you have reached your personal goals.''

(Marian Wright Edelman)

A volunteer is someone who serves in a community because they choose to do so. A person who seeks out already existing community service programs or identifies a community need for which they can provide a service. To volunteer is to work for the greater good of a community. One can volunteer in a school, community based organization, a religious center, hospital or health clinic. In developing and developed countries alike, volunteers make many contributions to societal advancement through service. You can serve on a local, national or global level.

There are many rewards and benefits to doing community service and also many different reasons why people choose to give service. Some volunteer because they feel a sense of duty and believe that service to community is a responsibility that comes with citizenship. Other reasons people choose to volunteer range from altruistic feelings, to wanting to give back to a community, to religious conviction, to wanting to gain career experience, to social reasons and also because serving community makes one feel better about one's own life.

Sierra Leoneans should volunteer for all of these reasons but also because service to community is a critical part of developing our country. Sierra Leoneans should volunteer because by doing so we can work in unity for the betterment of SweetSalone. Finally, Sierra Leoneans should volunteer because we need to actively participate in rebuilding our nation. Everyone one of us big and small, young and old has an important role to play and that role could be as a volunteer.

               "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do somehing that i can do."
(Edward Everett Hale

An internship is any carefully monitored pre-professional work or service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning througout the experience. Internships can provide and promote academic, career and or personal development. With an internship a student has the opportunity to put classroom theory into practice.

Students choose to intern because they want to develop new skills, give back to their community, expand their professional networks, and strengthen their resumes/CVs. Students can intern with non profit non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, private businesses and companies or with the Sierra Leone government. Although we do not have an extensive, developed and well structured system of interning in Sierra Leone we hope to work with all sectors to make internships an important aspect of Sierra Leone's development. By incorporating internships into the public and private sector we allow young Sierra Leoneans to participate in solving the nation's problems and subsequently train them to become our future leaders and entrepeneurs.

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