Since I handed my dissertation in and my exams had finished I felt really strange. No more essays to write, no more deadlines, no more revision, (well until September) but a summer to just relax and do absolutely nothing 🙂
Or so I thought… I spent a week at home being lazy, sleeping in relaxing and found it completely BORING!!! So I decided to get in touch with a local politician to see if there was any work experience or writing I could get involved in.
I helped handing out leaflets after the local elections and attended meetings where they discussed local politics and it was very interesting.
Volunteering is a great way to show employers that you have given up your spare time to get involved in something extra alongside your degree and shows a commitment.
Edge Hill University’s Students’ Union celebrated its first ever Volunteer Awards on Monday! It was a fantastic time for me as it was the day my dissertation was due in so it was lovely to relax in the evening!
The ceremony took place Hale Hall and recognised the achievements of over 100 student volunteers, and the work they have done over the past year to improve relations between students and the local community. I was up for an award for being a student representative for Criminology> I was thrilled to win a certificate recognising my contribution to the university, which was an honour.
I was recently nominated as a student rep by the Criminology department to receive an award for hard work and dedication. Yesterday I found out I have now been short listed to the final ten students in the running to receive the ‘Student Representative of the Year Award’ I am extremely excited. The award ceremony is on the 23rd of April 2012 which coincidentally the due date for my dissertation, so it will be a nice celebration to spend the evening at the awards. I will be receiving a certificate for being a student rep but to win the award would be an amazing achievement so I am really looking forward to it and I know I will be very nervous on the night. Will let you know how it goes 🙂
So, last week i had a very busy yet productive week.
I recently applied to become a volunteer over seas teaching English. It has always been a dream of mine to teach abroad and make a difference in any way i can.
The company i registered with was through the university it is a registered charity called VESL http://www.vesl.org/. Through Edge Hill University they are recruiting volunteers for placements in Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. Volunteering abroad is an incredible way to stand out from the crowd it will enhance your future employment prospects and enable employers to see that you have developed the key skills whilst teaching English. Volunteering in any area can be useful when completing application forms and during job interviews to illustrate the skills you have developed through volunteering.
I had my interview Wednesday the 31st January, in which i had to bring a teaching object that would help me teach English over seas. I took in a junior world atlas as a visual aid as many of the children may be unable to speak any English at all, the atlas is very colourful and has lots of pictures. I used the atlas to describe how i would show the children where about England is in the world, show them the English flag and pictures of England. Teaching English is not just about the language but it is about the country itself and giving children a small insight to England will help them to learn.
I am hoping to hear back from VESL sometime this week. I am very excited and hope the enthusiasm and drive i have for volunteering showed in my interview.