19 Jun 19
Emily Shepard has been volunteering with us every Tuesday for the past nine months. As a valuable member of our team, she brought new ideas, passion and enthusiasm to her work. It is now time for her to say goodbye as she flies the nest in search of more international development opportunities. Here is what she had to say on her time at PHASE Worldwide.
Having finished my degree and finding myself out of full time education for the first time, I was faced with the daunting prospect of what to do next. This is when the team at PHASE Worldwide welcomed me with open arms and provided the perfect environment to learn about all aspects involved in working with a charity – without the rose-tinted glasses that volunteering for short periods in exotic locations often offers.
For this reason, PHASE Worldwide has been the perfect charity with which to (hopefully) begin a career in the international development sector. Simply being present in the office means that you are privy to all of its inner workings, from monthly reports and project updates to event planning and most unpredictably, brainstorming the best route for a solo run from Brighton to Kathmandu – Good luck Rosie!
Every week the to do list has been different and uniquely valuable; the most special of which have been tasks that have involved reading first-hand accounts and stories from the families and individuals that PHASE Worldwide works with. Gaining this perspective and seeing how the day to day work here in Bristol translates to dramatic improvements in quality of life in Nepal, makes even the most mundane of tasks more important and has meant that working with PHASE Worldwide over the last 9 months was without doubt been the most rewarding way to spend my Tuesdays.A massive thank you for everyone in the office for being so supportive, kind, and passionate.
Without PHASE Worldwide, I certainly would not have been in the position I am now to take the next step and for that I will be forever grateful. Good luck to all new incoming volunteers!
We will miss having you around Emily! Good luck with all that the future holds, and pop back in for a cup of tea from time to time.