According to the Corporation for National Community Service, 7.9 billion hours and $184 billion are spent on volunteering in the United States alone. What is being accomplished with this time and money? In a talk filled with photos and graphics from his own volunteering trip to rural northern Pakistan, Zain Virani shares what he has learned about effective community service and encourages others to learn about how they can truly understand the impact they make through volunteering.
Zain Virani is a driven high school junior who participates in a multitude of activities throughout the year, including Model UN, DECA, and his district-wide robotics team based in Johnson Space Center. In the summer of 2018, Zain traveled to the rural areas of Northern Pakistan through a program called Global Encounters to conduct service projects with a non-profit organization called the AKDN. Zain has always been passionate about providing community service, and through the program, he learned many ways in which he could do so to the best of his ability.