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Volunteering can help define young people's career choices

Photo Memory from Olivia

Programme Completed: New - The PWA Daycare & Nursery Centre

Date Posted: 20/04/2017

See what memory Olivia has chosen to go with her photo...

We asked past volunteers to choose 1 or more photos from their time with us and tell us why that photo was significant to them, here's a 'photo memory' from Olivia who volunteered with Partner West Africa on a school cultural exchange trip. Spending time in Ghana gave her some practical experience of being in a developing country, which helped her choose which degree she wanted to study at university!

"The application process for university is very difficult if you are not confident on what course to study. Thankfully, my trip to Ghana with Partner West Africa (PWA) helped immensely!

Originally, I applied to study modern languages until I attended the open day at the University of Manchester where I was introduced to a new undergraduate course: International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response (IDMHR). The course would involve the exploration of resilience within the process of managing disasters and would provide the opportunity to do fieldwork within the humanitarian sector. Whilst continuing my A Level studies, the course was becoming more intriguing. However, my experience in Ghana helped me confirm my decision to apply for IDMHR with the intention to have a career in the humanitarian sector. After visiting the local villages and working within the PWA nursery, I wanted to learn more about the management of non-governmental organisations and their role within the disaster risk reduction process. I also discussed the course with Matt Craig, the CEO of PWA, who highlighted the challenges within managing disasters but encouraged me to explore the course further.

I have since finished my first year at Manchester studying IDMHR and have volunteered with additional charities. My current intention is to become an aid worker and have similar roles to those who work at Partner West Africa."

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