Serve others to find yourself (volunteering and entering university)

T.N. Arsenyeva, director of the Center for Development of Youth Volunteer Programs, Central Federal District, member of the Russian Volunteers Centers’ Council, PhD in psychology, assistant professor

Kh.T. Zagladina, head of the Center for Socialization, Personal Development and Non-Formal Education, Federal Education Development Institute, PhD in history

E.D. Kondrakova, vice-rector for civil education, career guidance and developing social competencies, Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, member of the Russian Volunteers Centers’ Council, PhD in pedagogy, professor 

Abstract. The article presents practical experience of volunteer projects implementation. The authors emphasize the significance of youth volunteering for the Russian society development prospects, describe forms of involvement in volunteering and its influence on self-identification and personal development of a young person. The role of the government policy in supporting volunteering in education, including consideration of individual achievements within admissions to country’s universities, is explained.

Key words: volunteering, volunteer project, students’ key competences, united actions, cooperation, collaboration, civic engagement, self-organization, self-fulfillment, social practices, non-governmental organizations (NGO), Internet-volunteering (online volunteering), community service, individual achievements.