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Unisphere Volunteers: Talk 2

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Want to volunteer but not sure where to start? Don’t want to pay the earth? Want to hear about trialled and tested opportunities from your fellow students? Or simply want to hear about people’s volunteering experience?

My name is Tim Dodd and I have founded Unisphere Volunteers, a student-led volunteering platform which will give the opportunity for a breadth of student volunteers to share their experiences with those interested, all in one sitting! This will be particularly useful if you want to find out the sorts of things that are out there and hear about the real experiences of people who have done it and who you can talk to, rather than reading anonymous reviews online. The experiences shared will be as varied as possible and different every session – be that conservation, community or teaching work etc. Come along if interested in volunteering for the first time, if you want to try volunteering in a new field, or if you want to find out more about Unisphere Volunteers! The format will be a 1 hour talk, featuring a variety of volunteering opportunities (6 x 10 min talks) delivered by students who have done them themselves! If interested in any of the organisations presented, all talkers will be available at the end to speak to and refer you to further information.

For this to be sustainable we really need to build a base of willing speakers who are passionate about the work they did and want to share it with others. If you are interested in speaking, this could be a great opportunity not only to tell others about your experiences of organisations that you’re passionate about, but also to practice your public speaking to a small seminar audience, invaluable to careers in science and large corporations. If you’d like do a small 10 minute talk at one of the sessions please sign up here and I will be in touch – talks are usually organised over a month in advance so you’ll have plenty of time to make a little PowerPoint.


Speakers for the event have summarised their opportunities below:

5.00 - 5.10 - Bethan Jones: During the summer I spent time at Costa Rica Animal Rescue Centre which cares for many species of animals rescued from the surrounding rainforests. With over 50 sloths to feed, clean and care for, the centre is fully dependent on volunteers to remain working. "I came for the animals but stayed for the people".
5.10 - 5.20 - Ben Cobb: For three months I volunteered at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre called Merazonia, in Ecuador. They care for 100+ animals, including woolly monkeys, felines and sloths. Living and working with these animals in the rainforest with like-minded volunteers was an unforgettable experience.
5.20 - 5.30 - Sarah Roller: Last summer I spent 6 weeks in Mexico with AIESEC, a global youth development organisation. I taught English to 15-24 year olds at a university - my students, my host family and AIESEC Mexico made my experience absolutely unforgettable. I learnt a lot of Spanish, and a lot about myself!
5.30 - 5.40 - Kerry Holbrook: From dolphin strandings to beaver releases; volunteering with The Wildlife Trusts has allowed me to gain experience of active conservation right at my door step, here in the UK. The Trusts offer a rich variety of totally free and flexible opportunities which range from public engagement and large scale citizen science operations, to university run conservation research.
5.40 - 5.50 - Dr Rose Murray: I spent 2 weeks volunteering for Widecast in Gandoca, Costa Rica, with the purpose to protect sea turtles, particularly leatherbacks which are the size of a small car! We worked hard on hatchery shifts and beach patrols, recording data of newborn turtles, warding off poachers and rebuilding the hatcheries which were slipping into the sea. Our accommodation was right in the rainforest, and from the wildlife to the people, this was an experience I will never forget.
5.50 - 6.00 - Oli Soutar: Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE) is a small community project based in Madina Salam, a village in The Gambia, West Africa. They provide education, healthcare, an emergency hospital transfer service, and sustainable livelihoods to local people in and around the village. Perhaps most importantly, local people are involved in decisions regarding the project; in the words of the charity, WYCE offers a "hand up, not just a hand out".

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