When should I start doing volunteer work?

Students are generally too busy in Year 12 to regularly commit to volunteering. Given that they need to spend sufficient time on ATAR study, UCAT preparation, co-curricular activities and other commitments, there is generally not enough time left over to participate in voluntary work.

In fact, when asked by Year 12 students, this question is often worded, “How much voluntary work do I need to do?”, suggesting that:

  • They are very time poor (and hence are hoping to do the bare minimum amount of voluntary work), and
  • They don’t really understand the purpose of voluntary work in relation to medical/dental entry (we talk more about this in this article).

It’s best to start doing voluntary work earlier (e.g. in Year 9 or 10) so that you have plenty of time to commit to volunteering and can slowly work on developing the traits sought by medical and dental schools.

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