Meet The Volunteers-Devita
Meet The Volunteers - Devita
- Age: 25
- Nationality: Indonesian
- Town / City: Manchester
- Placement(s): Salford Loaves & Fishes and St. Vincent de Paul Store
A little about me...
My name is Devita but my friends call me Fluffy. I was born in Bekasi, West java, Indonesia. I have 3 brothers and I am the only daughter . I graduated from St. Carolus School of Health Sciences, I took Nursing major which took 4 years. I worked in Jakarta for around 2 years and was also involved in a church organisation as a volunteer in the health sector. I love travelling and walking!
Why Vincentian Volunteers ...
When I was 21 years old, I worked as a professional in a social house in Jakarta, Indonesia, and realised that I didn't want to serve and help people only in Indonesia but that I wanted to serve and help people around the world too, especially with regards to healthcare and before finishing my nursing school. I tried to look for some kind of information about suitable volunteer programmes given my background. I finally got information from my boss that he had been a volunteer with the Vincentian Volunteers and I tried to apply. The Vincentian Volunteers is one of organisations that involves faith in serving people as a volunteer, so it can grow our faith in God as well and they provide placements that fit with my previous experience.
My Projects ...
I have 2 work placements in Manchester.
Primary placement, in Salford Loaves and Fishes, 3 times a week (Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). This is a centre which provides a place for the homeless, they also help the homeless to get their daily necessities such as a shower, meal, clothes, medical attention and the centre has many groups that provide activities for them to do. I love this work placement because I always get up and set off earlier than my housemates and back home earlier as well! I take part in many activities there; serving brew, helping in the kitchen, joining in Bible study, discussion group, health improvement, literacy group, art & painting group, playing chess & pool, and so on! It really matched up well with my background. I am learning more and more about how the homeless centre works and how they treat their clients, especially with regards to their health. They also provide some training (health & safety, first aid, CAB, etc) too for clients, volunteers and staff. It is really interesting!
Secondary placement, in SVP Store (twice a week, on Tuesday & Friday). It is really different with Salford Loaves & Fishes, but it is also interesting, this is a charity shop where the store provides furniture & household items with the low price, I learned something new that I never had before, such as doing retail (cashier), labelling, steaming clothes, giving price, sorting the clothes or other stuffs that want to sell, and we must adjust what we want to sell are suitable with the seasons and events itself (Winter, Christmas Day, Halloween, etc).
My Highlights ...
Becoming friends with people of different ages, hanging out with pals and serving clients whose first language and culture aren't same as mine, getting to know people who come from all walks of life. All of this teaches me how to see the world, God showed me about real life by this adventure and it is helping me to grow up. I learn that life is too short to live it just for myself.