One of the qualities of volunteering is gaining professional experience in a vocation you are studying for, or already practising in.
Outreach International support qualified nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers, volunteering in projects where their capacity can make a difference, and where they have the opportunity to share best practice and techniques that may not be available in developing countries.
Some projects enable part-qualified students to gain experience in their vocational field. Bethan and Carrie were one year into their occupational therapy University degree course when they took a month during the summer to visit Ecuador, volunteering their caring capacity to support disabled children in Quito, while gaining valuable experience working alongside a local occupational therapist.
Read Bethan’s account of the overall experience of volunteering, for the benefits it brings not only to her work experience but to a broader, cultural understanding.