The holiday season often descends upon us like a tidal wave. Every year, we see it coming and think we’re prepared, but it crashes over us with shopping, travel, and entertaining and pulls us under – making us feel over-scheduled, under-rested, and absolutely stressed.
One way to combat all that holiday stress and blues is to take some time out to give back. If you’re thinking of volunteering during the holidays this year, Maximo Nivel has excellent opportunities in Costa Rica. Here are a few reason why you should sign up to be a part of their holiday volunteer programs!
You Already Have Time Off
Many of us think of giving back, but often find that we don’t have the time between work and obligations. The holidays provide an excellent time to volunteer because you likely already have time off of work (or can more easily take a vacation around the holidays). Maximo Nivel’s holiday volunteer programs run from December 23 to January 5 – the perfect time for you to step away from the day-to-day stuff and put your heart into something that helps others.
You Can Include Your Family
The holidays are for family, which is why so many families turn holiday volunteering something they all do together. Volunteering in Costa Rica with Maximo Nivel provides opportunities for people with all sorts of interests and skills to give back. Those who are good at building and painting will enjoy taking part in a beautification project at a local childcare facility.
If you’re good with kids, you’ll love setting up arts and crafts projects for some of the local children, as well as enjoying a holiday party with them. Activities also include volunteering at an elder care facility. It’s a great way for families to give back together – as well as expand their family to include new friends they meet along the way.
Meet New People; Learn New Skills
While we all have our specific talents, sometimes it takes being pushed into an unfamiliar environment to learn something new. Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity to do that. If you’ve never picked up a hammer or worked with children or the elderly, working with a team of volunteers gives you the chance to learn new skills and push your boundaries far beyond their current horizons. You’ll meet people whose paths you may have never crossed and make friendships that will last a lifetime.
It Simply Feels Good
All too often, we lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season. The pressures of holiday shopping and coming up with the perfect surprise for everyone on your list – as well as anticipating your own gifts – tend to put the holiday focus on things instead of people. Volunteering to help people who are less fortunate helps shift this focus back to where it should be. When you spend time giving back, it brings you more happiness than any big-screen television, new car, or electronic device could deliver.
Are you ready to volunteer? If so, Maximo Nivel is the way to go. What are you waiting for?