I am giving free tutorials, and met a new counseler at the school I teach at. During our brief chat, she couldn’t believe I was doing it to help out! For you information, most of the tutors are in the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto, and need a certain number of teaching hours to graduate and be able to teach as a real teacher (being in charge of a whole class, right now we are not allowed to be with students without a real teacher being in charge, so we are pretty much helping only).
Another type of people are those who want to use it in their resume as community work that will eventually help them (one guy is planning to apply to Medical school, and these guys need to prove their empathy through this kind of work).
When she asked me what I was studying, hearing I was doing an MBA made her even more surprised.
I think this is the kind of mentality that causes the kind of economical downturn we are experiencing; by only looking after ourselves we end up making decisions that have negative effects on society while hoping we will end up as winners… Why not simply help out, just during our free time whenever we can, just to remember that this is how we can make the world a little better (not as a full time job, but just giving a few hours of our spare time). Simply treating others like you would like to be treated (and everybody needs help sometimes)…