Case Studies

Success stories

Below are a few case studies from volunteers that started their own projects. Have a read to find out how rewarding volunteering can be, and if you have any questions, give us a shout at vteam@essex.ac.uk.

 

Andrei Ilie | Coding Club

2015-Present 

''I started Coding Club back in December of 2014 as a mix of groups of devoted volunteers, primary school children, programming principles and a lot of dedication. Those ingredients mixed together over the course of a year resulted in a quick rise in popularity amidst the VTeam weekly projects.

This club has been the stepping stone that skyrocketed my professional career towards early stage placements in research fields at the university as well as allow me to move to a Frontrunner Position at the Data Archive. It was the perfect combination of leadership experience, team working and time management skills that went a long way in the interviews.''

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Lizzie Archer | Einstein

''I discovered VTeam during Freshers’ Fair at the very start of my first year, having been drawn in by the description of the ‘Einstein Project’. Signing up proved to be a great way to meet new people as well as offering a change of scenery each week – what better way to relieve deadline stress than making colourful fizzing volcanoes or glittery slime? After a year as a regular volunteer, I then took on the position of Communications Officer to help run Einstein Project alongside the Project Leader. Together, we organised several ‘Science Days’ alongside the regular sessions to bring full days of fun experiments and demonstrations to different schools. The pure excitement of the children’s reactions as well as the joy of sharing my love of science with them made all the organisation behind these days worth it. However, I also gained many skills and experiences that I have since been able to draw upon in interviews to demonstrate my leadership and communication abilities. Being involved with VTeam throughout my degree has helped me transition from a nervous first year student to a more confident, self-assured individual, feeling prepared to take the next steps in my career.''

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frazer merritt | rtp

2013-Present  

''I decided to call the Fresh Beginnings Refugee Centre after I heard at a barbeque that they were seeking volunteers. The director invited me to meet him, and he mentioned that he had a serious problem finding teachers to attend on a regular basis. At first I thought about posting fliers around campus, but then I realized the VTeam could help me set up a proper programme. The director of Fresh Beginnings, the VTeam, and I had a meeting and we decided it was a great idea. I asked Gisselle to be Vice President and four of my friends to be Project Managers of the Refugee Teaching Programme. Together we set up a stall at Freshers Fair and got 210 signatures! Throughout the year, our 46 student volunteers assisted in teaching English and Maths classes, running a women’s group, and raising charity money for school supplies.''

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Morgane Sabatini | Lend a hand

''I decided to get involved with a project named Lend a Hand ran by a friend at that time, a project teaching adults with learning disabilities life skills, such as Maths or English. I was able to meet all the learners and got really attached to every single one of them. I enjoyed teaching them so much that in my second year at University, I became the Project Leader of Lend a Hand and was able to positively impact the learners by helping them every Sunday afternoon!

Volunteering really helped me on a personal level as well. Naturally having a shy and introverted personality, I was able to really improve my confidence by speaking in public and teaching a group of adult learners. As a Project Leader, I was also able to improve my communication and leadership skills, which are skills most employers search for nowadays! I personally also strongly believe that helping people in need really enables you to put your priorities back in place and helping the learners achieve their monthly goals or seeing them smile about doing fractions for the first time is truly one of the most heart-warming feelings ever.''

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