Volunteering led me to a full time paid job
After completing a degree in graphic design and struggling to find work for several years, I decided to broaden my skills by completing a Certificate III in Community Services. It was here that I was introduced to the idea of volunteering in my community. One of the opportunities that I found was an administration position with VNQ. I was fortunate enough to also use my graphic design skills to assist with Communications. I am grateful to VNQ for giving me the chance to advance my admin skills with my limited experience in this area. I believe it is the skills I’ve gained and my experience in this very position for the last seven months which has led me to a full time paid administration position in Townsville. Thanks Volunteering North Queensland!
VNQ found me my perfect position
My first fling with volunteering was through VNQ for the Glendi festival 2018 helping with surveys and ad hoc tasks. Not only did I get food vouchers for amazing Greek feasts throughout the day, my dog did as well. Hanging out with my dog all day, talking to the community, and eating Greek food is hardly work. That’s how it all started. The following month I spent stalking the VNQ position listings where I found my perfect position as an English teacher for refugee families. I previously worked as an English teacher overseas and VNQ gave me an amazing opportunity to reopen that career path that I enjoyed so much and I have not looked back.
Exciting new experiences
I discovered a passion for volunteering last year during my studies at TAFE Queensland. The ability to help people through a few simple acts, a couple of hours a day appealed to my sense of wanting to make a difference and help others. While in my current position at VNQ, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Glendi Festival in 2018. After being a frequent visitor to these events, I was excited at the chance to work behind the scenes and gain the insider knowledge of how these events are run. Working at the Sound Booth with the professionals, helping to make sure the music for the stage entertainment ran smoothly was one of the most fun experiences in my volunteering career so far. I got to volunteer with a great bunch of people, taste the different food and drinks during my shifts, all with the best seat in the house. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any upcoming Special Events in the future to better my knowledge and open myself up to these new and exciting experiences.
A very rewarding experience
Coming from a Greek Australian background I found volunteering for Glendi Festival a very rewarding experience as I promoted my culture and contributed to the success of a very worthy organisation. I was able to use my Event Coordination experience to train and mentor co-workers which they have used to further their employment opportunities. The Organisers and other volunteers were wonderful to work with which made the experience a lot of fun, and I especially appreciated the food and drink vouchers so we could taste the gourmet delights.
I helped make this happen!
“When I first approached VNQ for volunteer work, it was a way to fill in the time I had on my hands and improve my mental health. So when I was offered the opportunity to be a part of a team to coordinate a special event I jumped on the chance. I have come to realise that I absolutely love the feeling of excitement and achievement I get when I look at a running event and think, “I helped make this happen”. I look forward to any challenges that may arise and am always looking for the next event where I can help. I think I have grown in confidence and experience since starting volunteer work and I have only been doing this for 11 months. You have no idea where you could end up.”