So, you are interested in volunteering but don't quite know if it's right for you. There are a lot of reasons to volunteer, the main one of course being to aid others around you or to, in any way, make the world a friendlier, nicer and better place to live. That is not all that there is to it however. Being a volunteer means you will get a chance to develop skills, memories and contacts that you otherwise would not. You may also get to experience what it is like to live in a different culture first hand if you choose to go for a volunteering opportunity abroad.
Some of the most common reasons for people to volunteer are:
A lot of people come back from volunteering and wish they had opted for a longer stay. However, keep in mind that it is important that you pick something that you are really passionate about. If you don't see yourself enjoying the work involved in helping street kids in Africa then don't do it - they can tell if you don't like it and you won't enjoy yourself. This is a common mistake made by those who volunteer because it will look good on their CV; even if that is what you're doing, make sure you do something you will enjoy and don't just go for what you think will look best.
To summarise, volunteering isn't just about helping others, it's about personal development and (quite frankly) feeling good about yourself. It's a life changing experience.