Volunteer Achievement Essay

Educational Prep Programs


Developed study skills, received mentorship, offered tutoring in math and received tutoring in critical reading.

National Youth Leadership Forum (Stanford)

Studied medicine at medical simulation center, received hands-on training in medical procedures, experienced life as a medical student.

Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)

Received academic and financial guidance in preparation for college. 

Volunteer & Community Service

Intern at Children’s Institute Otis Booth Campus
Brainstormed ideas for after school programs for teens,created surveys,presented data to supervisor

Member of Civics Committee
Provide mentorship support to ninth graders; responsible for assigning tutors, coordinating events.

Street Soccer Program
Volunteer for County Fair fundraising committee supporting underprivileged kids playing street soccer.

Volunteered to support Centre for Caregivers events; Model Caregivers Awards. Helped write government proposals and helped get performers backstage ready.

Global Partner for International Orientation
I help new international students with registration and adjustment to the new school environment.

Work Experience

Administrative Assistant at Shingari's School of Rhythm
In charge of customer service, managing financial accounts, recording attendance, managing inventory, and all other administrative aspects

Childcare (Paid)
Worked 3-5 days a week taking care of two children, ages 1 and 3. Responsibilities included feeding, changing and regulating bed times.

Manager, Student Store
Developed student store policies, reviewed resumes and hired accordingly and worked part time as a cashier.

Coach and Technical Analyst, LA County Intramural Basketball
Led fitness sessions, trained others in technical fundamentals; also helped with video analysis.

Korean Compassion: Korean-to-English Letter Translator
Translated letters sent by supporters to impoverished children in Asian and African countries.

Awards & Honors

Speech and Debate
Academic All-American Award, NFL Tournament Qualifier ('11, '12), Rupe Scholar, Stanford Invitational Semi-finalist, Harker Invitational Semi-finalist

Player of the Tournament
Was named Best Player in the local Lincoln Heights Invitational.

Highest Scorer
Highest scorer in annual Carl Schubert trophy between Singapore and Malaysia's under-23 team.

“Iron Man” Award
Given for "outstanding athletic performance in keeping with the physical mission of the Naval Academy.

White Water Kayaking Nationals (5th place)
Competed at the 2013 United States Slalom National Competition in Bryson City (placed 5th). Paddled Class 5 rapids. Swift Water rescue certified

Extracurricular Activities

Founder and President of Model United Nations
Organize meetings, coach students for conferences, raise money and awareness for UNICEF causes, awarded "Outstanding Delegate" at every conference attended

Intern at the Los Angeles Superior Court
Assisted a Los Angeles District Attorney by researching relevant case laws, drafting briefs, and assisting with client interviews

Research Assistant at the UCLA Psychology Department
Assisted Dr. Negin Ghavemi with a study exploring the relationship between gender, age, and sexual identity in elementary and middle school

Indian Classical and Bollywood Dancer
SSR Scholarship, VMASC 1st Place Cinematic Dance, KCCNA 3rd pl. in folk, VMASC 1st Pl. Classical Dance, KALA Kalolsavam 1st Pl. Group Dance

Strings Orchestra
Played as a cellist in the school orchestra in various evening concerts and performances throughout the year.

Just like with CVs, even if the volunteering job post doesn’t require submission of motivation letter, it doesn’t mean you won’t have to send it. The interviewer can ask you to send CV + motivation letter or essay upon the completion of the interview. 

That’s why it’s highly important to think about writing a personal statement at the very beginning. This will give you time to decide what to write, how to write it, and make sure the motivation letter is well-crafted before you send an email.

Although it seems like volunteering motivation letter is easy to write, it still holds a trap that you should avoid. When it comes to this type of program, most people focus only on their desire to help, contribute, learn etc. Although all these qualities are great, you shouldn’t make your motivation letter to them only. Instead, to make it stand out, do the opposite – compose a highly professional motivation letter that will STILL depict your positive characteristics.

Step 1

The very first paragraph of the motivation letter should be similar to the beginning of an essay for paid position – introduce yourself as well as program wherein you want to participate.

Step 2

The second paragraph should focus on your previous job experiences and accomplishments in both volunteers and paid positions. Your goal here is to show you are capable of performing tasks they might give you. But also, it’s important to demonstrate that you do understand the program and its challenges. Incorporating both paid and volunteer positions into the same paragraph is used for making a connection between the two. Both positions are similar and different at the same time.

Step 3

If you have achievements or important accomplishments, feel free to include them. Let’s say you worked for some financial company for a limited period of time and you were still voted an employee of the month. It’s an amazing achievement and could definitely bring you closer to the program, particularly if you apply for volunteering program in a field of finances and economy.

Step 4

Once you complete the “professional” segment (work experiences + achievements etc.) it’s time to focus on your personality. Describe your attitude towards work and other people in a few sentences. Be precise and specific.

Step 5

End the motivation letter stating the recipient should feel free to contact you for more info. Also, emphasize your availability and interest to become a part of the program. When you’re done, reread the motivation letter, correct all typos or grammatical mistakes and that’s it. The word count doesn’t really matter here, but don’t make it too long. In fact, 500 words should be a maximum.

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