Kathleen credits her volunteering experience with helping to give her a different perspective on life. It has also helped her to secure a heavily sought after trainee-ship at the European Parliament. Following the first semester of her Masters in International Relations and Security, Kathleen began volunteering with the Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network as a social media and communications volunteer.
Gaining more confidence in a professional office setting, learning to show initiative and sharing creative ideas, are just some of the key benefits that Kathleen says her volunteering work gave her.
Kathleen has supported the Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network for over six months and listened to the incredible struggles and hardships that refugees and migrants in the area have had to deal with.
“For me, this volunteering position has helped me see things outside of my own bubble. I think like many other people, I take a lot for granted in daily life. I find it very normal to wake up in a warm bed, have a warm shower and breakfast. When I hear what other people go through, I realise that I have nothing to complain about. It motivates me to dedicate even a small amount of time towards helping them”, says, Kathleen.
“I am really happy that I decided to start volunteering. It really contributed to my world view and appreciation of things I hadn’t realised before. If you are trying to find a place to volunteer, find an organisation you are passionate about. Remember, you are making it easier for the organisation to reach their goals, no matter how ‘small’ the position”, says, Kathleen.