Amazonia Aroyyo - BA (Hons) Journalism

“What can I do to leave the world better than I found it?” I decided to volunteer years ago when I was still in Venezuela. My country has been in a crisis and that made me realised how my people are need for help. I registered with a charity in Venezuela but when I left my country to be in the UK, It hasn’t stopped me from supporting the people of my country. I joined in Healing Venezuela and I’m in charge of sending medical supplies to Venezuela and managing the donations that we receive from my home town (Altagracia de Oritico).

Farhat Sekandary - LLB (Hons) Law

"“Opportunity does not knock; it presents itself when you beat down the door.” I have changed for good by being a gateway accessor at Citizen Advice. I advised an average of 10 clients per day over the telephone with their day-to-day legal issues such as benefits, work, debt, housing, and immigration. Initially, I started volunteering because I want to gain more professional experience, especially an overview of the main legal issues affecting my local community and an awareness of the socio-legal effects of the lack of the legal aid. However, this opportunity did not only allow me to gain such amazing expertise and knowledge, but it also enabled me to help the local community with free, confidential and independent advice, speak up about their issues, which has amazingly contributed to my personal development.

Anna Appleton - BSc Biomedical Sciences

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." I have changed for good by volunteering with St John Ambulance when I was 15 years old, starting out as a Cadet. I went on to become a youth leader teaching first aid to cadet before coming to university only to continue my volunteering journey and become the Unit Manager to Westminster LINKS, First Aid Society and the student volunteering unit of St John Ambulance. Volunteering isn't about having to do something, it's about wanting to do it, and what you do makes a difference.

Israel Mazuera Arana - MA (180) International Liaison and Communication

“Feet, why do I need you when I have wings to fly?” To me, volunteer is such an amazing experience, it’s not just only helping the society but you will also learn a lot for yourself and meet amazing people. It’s always a good idea to try and start volunteering as soon as possible and as many as times as possible, because one day you will understand yourself and find your passion for a particular area after joining in many different volunteering opportunities.

Neelofar Saleem - MA (180) Cultural and Critical Studies

“Doing nothing for others is undoing yourself” When I was new to London, I did not have many friends and it was difficult to get used to the new life. Volunteering has helped me meet new and amazing friends, made unforgettable memories and I think that this is the best thing I could ask for during my one year in London.

Sumayyah Shah - LLB (Hons) Law

“Be the flower that leaves its fragrance even in the hand that crushes it.” I believe everything I do should always have a ripple effect of good, whether my work benefits others, encourages others to do the same or even acts as an inspiration in doing the same as what I do, even if things do come to an end, the effect of the work, the beliefs and intentions should be ongoing regardless of what may come.

Hollie Toy - BSc (Hons) Psychology

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” The experience I gained through my volunteering journey will always encourage me to volunteer again. I will encourage other students to volunteer as exchanging time and commitment to gain some valuable experience should be an obvious choice.

Ioana Bunea - LLB (Hons) Law

“We rise by lifting others” By volunteering, you can make a difference in somebody else’s life. It also gives you the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life. You can learn from their experience and they can learn from yours. You will become part of an amazing community and the friendships that you will make whilst volunteering can last for a long time. As well as this, volunteering can help you become more employable.

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