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Why Volunteering is the Perfect Cure for the Quarter Life Crisis

It’s not unusual to feel lost in your career, dreaming of a different path and sense of adventure, or grappling with doubts and fears about the future. If you’re nodding in agreement and feeling like your passion for making a difference isn’t quite as strong as it used to be, you might be experiencing what’s commonly known as the quarter life crisis.

It’s important to recognise that a quarter life crisis is NOT a sign of failure, but rather an opportunity for profound growth and self-discovery. In this blog post, we’ll delve into how to deal with a quarter life crisis, why volunteering is the perfect cure, and how becoming a Volunteer Manager could be hugely beneficial in navigating a challenging but transformative period.

Understanding the Quarter Life Crisis

Before you figure out how you’re going to survive your quarter life crisis, it’s important you know what it entails and who’s most susceptible to experiencing it!

What is a Quarter Life Crisis, and what age does it happen?

The Quarter Life Crisis is a phase that typically occurs in the mid-20s to early 30s, urging us to reevaluate our choices and redefine our goals. It usually occurs when doubts about career, purpose, and life choices arise. It’s a period of confusion, where questions arise about identity, direction, and personal fulfillment. It’s also often a period of self-reflection and planning for the future.

Who is Most Likely Experiencing a Quarter-Life Crisis?

A quarter life crisis can affect anyone. From recent graduates who face uncertainty about their career path and job opportunities, to young professionals who are dissatisfied or unfulfilled with their current career. It could even occur in those questioning their personal values, goals, and life purpose. Especially at this time of our lives, we put societal expectations on achievements, milestones, and achieving ‘successes’ by a certain age. This can create pressure and contribute to feelings of inadequacy.

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How to Deal with a Quarter-Life Crisis

Navigating a Quarter Life Crisis involves embracing the unknown, accepting change and seeking support. It’s a journey of self-discovery, and one effective way to address it is through volunteering!

With Raleigh International, there are a wide variety of Volunteer Manager roles on offer on our South Africa and Costa Rica Expeditions. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to explore new opportunities, new countries and cultures, and also gives you a feeling of fulfillment and inspiration that can otherwise be hard to find.

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The Power of Volunteering in Dealing with the Quarter Life Crisis

We’re a little biased, but the honest truth is: volunteering can help you survive a quarter life crisis! Here are all the ways volunteering is a powerful tool you need to consider using:

Finding Purpose and Meaning Through Volunteering

Volunteering with Raleigh International amplifies the impact. By participating in meaningful projects in South Africa or Costa Rica, a Volunteer Manager not only helps support volunteers, you can contribute to some of the UN’s sustainable development goals, discovering a profound sense of purpose and meaning, and create unforgettable experiences.

Expanding Networks and Building Connections

One of the challenges people can face during a quarter life crisis is a sense of isolation. Volunteering provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds, building a support system that is bonded by familiar experiences and environments. A Raleigh Expedition is also a great chance to hone-in on certain skills and learn from those around you.

Developing New Skills

Becoming a Volunteer Manager with Raleigh exposes you to diverse experiences, allowing you to develop skills beyond your professional niche. Think getting stuck in with volunteers building classrooms for local communities, immersing yourself in environments where different languages are spoken, and developing leadership skills. This not only enhances your personal growth but also equips you with valuable tools to overcome any future challenges you may face.

Learn Why Becoming a Volunteer Manager is the Experience of a Lifetime

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Join Raleigh to Deal with a Quarter-Life Crisis!

Embarking on a Raleigh Expedition is not just an escape; it’s a purposeful journey that can tackle a quarter life crisis head-on, by making a lasting change not only on yourself, but the environment and communities you encounter. We offer more than just adventure – it’s an opportunity to confront your fears, find renewed passion, build connections, and acquire skills that can help you emerge fulfilled, stronger and ready to embrace the next chapter of life. Whether you’re embarking on a new career, a lifestyle change, or even just some clarity, volunteering is the perfect catalyst for positive change!

Need more information about Expedition?

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Whether you have a specific question or want to discuss which Expedition is right for you, schedule a call with a member of the team at a time convenient to you. 

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On our monthly online info events, we’ll tell you all about Expedition. Have your questions answered, meet other volunteers and find out what Expedition is really like from an alumni.

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