Volunteering enriches student life as
it promotes active engagement in the community and helps students improve their
skills and meet new people.
According to the definition of the General
Secretariat for Youth (2011), volunteering is work or service undertaken either
individually or in groups, without any expectation of or claim to material or
other kind of gain, with the aim of providing support to fellow human beings
and the community in general. In addition to the above, the key principles
underpinning volunteering include respect for the rights, dignity and culture
of all people and the promotion of equality and human rights. Volunteering is
not a substitute for paid work. Volunteers do not replace paid workers and do
not pose a threat to their job security.
The University of Crete offers many
opportunities for participation in voluntary activities. For more information
on available opportunities students can contact the Student Counseling Centre email@example.com , the Student Centre firstname.lastname@example.org in Heraklion, the Student Centre’s Coordinator in Rethymnon email@example.com , and their Departments.