Amanda, Jen and Ed volunteer
This week we welcomed 3 new volunteers to our office in Colchester. Amanda, Jen and Ed will be supporting our team on fundraising and programmes. While they gain experience in fundraising and research we get the benefit of their enthusiasm and fresh approach. Because all three are pursuing studies in development they are able to offer really useful support to our programmes and fundraising teams here.
I am Amanda and I have come to work with LEPRA as a volunteer to gain some experience in the development charity sector. I will be moving to China in August where I will have the opportunity to work with another development organisation. The experience I gain with LEPRA here will give me some insight into working with a development charity, and I hope that my support will benefit LEPRA too!
Yesterday I met two other volunteers who are also helping LEPRA at over the coming weeks and months:
Jen is currently studying International Development at University of East Anglia. “I will be carrying out two weeks work experience with LEPRA. I am passionate about poverty reduction and the work experience will assist with my understanding of international development, especially in understanding health and poverty and the work that is carried out by LEPRA. I hope that this will help me not only in my course, but also in my future career. Everyone here has been really friendly and supportive and I know the work I am doing will really benefit the team.”
Ed is carrying out an MSc in Public Health and will be volunteering with LEPRA throughout the spring and summer months. “I want to learn from the processes of advocacy and hope to gain a general oversight of the charity sector. My focus is on health; therefore LEPRA is the perfect charity to gain this experience. The information that LEPRA provides on certain diseases, like lymphatic filariasis have been a real eye opener. I have been able to understand these to a higher level to what my previous awareness may have been.”
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