Volunteering with QPASTT has given me an even deeper understanding of the journeys undertaken by refugees and migrants…”
It’s National Volunteer Week from 16-22 May! To celebrate, we’re sharing the stories from some of the legendary volunteers that are so passionate about creating a community where everyone belongs. Here, Barbara shares her reflections on volunteering with QPASTT…
“After retiring, I wanted to give back to the community so I connected with QPASTT as a volunteer about two years ago. I support students who are developing their English language skills at TAFE and I’ve also been able to help students with refining their resumes and job seeking skills.
Settling into a new country with a new language and different culture is very difficult for anyone – for people who have had traumatic experiences in their past, this journey can be even more challenging. I hope that I can help make this experience a little easier for the students with whom I come into contact.
Volunteering with QPASTT has given me an even deeper understanding of the journeys undertaken by refugees and migrants, both prior to arriving in Australia and thereafter. Witnessing the resilience and determination of the students I have got to know is so humbling. I also enjoy working with the QPASTT staff and the other volunteers who are so passionate about supporting these young people and their families.
Many students have expressed a very keen desire to get casual work. Being able to assist in their job-hunting endeavours and observing their skill development in this area is delightful. Practice interviews have been fun! Hearing the students’ experiences after their first work shifts has been a treat!”