In two weeks I will be heading off to Moscow to complete my two year MA degree from UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Since I had free time on my hands between studies this summer, I decided to look for a volunteer position to get better acquainted with the charity sector. After searching online I found out about HealthProm and thought that it sounded like just the place for me, and luckily they took me in as a volunteer!
My time at HealthProm has been very rewarding and educational. My supervisor Tanya has not only been incredibly nice, but also given me a wide range of interesting tasks and responsibilities. My main task has been fundraising, from funding research to assisting with grant writing. I have also been able to attend a charity seminar in London, do background research and country files as well as liaising with embassies in Eurasian region. During my time at HealthProm I have felt that my input has been valued very much and my skills trusted and put to use.
I leave HealthProm feeling that I have learned immensely about the charity sector, acquired new skills that I can put into practice in the professional realm and gotten new and knowing that I can someday put all my new skills into practice.
I started volunteering for HealthProm in November last year and I will leave in April feeling like I’ve learned a lot. After graduating, I felt like the world was my oyster. Only that oyster was pretty daunting. I wanted to get a job and I knew that my sympathies lay with the charity sector, but I wasn’t sure what it might actually be like to work in it. HealthProm has given me a fantastic insight.
Over the six months here in the office, I’ve been given the opportunity to work on quite a range of activities. My main focus has been organising events and I have been providing administrative support where needed. But I have also worked on setting up a Google Adwords account, collaborated with a Russian partner organisation to update an EC database, done a little research, put together a Welcome Pack for donors, taken part in team meetings and in-house training... In short, HealthProm is easily the longest and most useful addition to my CV in a long time.
Moreover, it’s been a brilliant set of people to work with. They are open and sociable, and very inclusive. The team have been incredibly supportive, encouraging me to go on training and gain experience for myself as well as completing the jobs that they need doing. At no point have I felt abandoned on a task, but similarly I have been allowed the space to work independently. The ladies have a great sense of humour and their dedication and work ethic is really quite inspiring.
I can understand why people get on their soap boxes about internships and volunteer roles for graduates, but actually my experience at HealthProm couldn’t be a better example of why volunteering is worth your time, particularly as a new graduate. It has been flexible enough for me to work part-time alongside the work at HealthProm, whilst allowing me the time and experience to get to know the organisation and roles within it. I feel I have contributed to an organisation whose mission I believe in and I have learnt so much in a short space of time. Even better, I have enjoyed myself and found some direction. I can’t recommend working with HealthProm highly enough.
I had been volunteering for HelathProm for almost 6 months and I found this experience highly formative. This volunteering experience allowed me to develop a broad range of skills and made me able to engage in research and other activities in the field of development. As a result I have increased my interest and passion in the field of international development, with special focus on maternal and child care in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
Besides I found myself working in an amazingly friendly atmosphere, all the members of the staff were extremely kind with me and always ready to get me involved in the activities of HelathProm.
I'm Azat Israilov from Kyrgyzstan. During my studies in London I'd been volunteering for HealthProm for about 3-4 years in total between 2002 and 2007 and found this experience very useful and fulfulling. First starting as a volunteer doing office chores I went on to do research for Kyrgyzstan. This research resulted in HealthProm writing a proposal, and then initiating a new project for Kyrgyzstan and getting funding from the biggest UK funder - the Big ottery Fund. I was invited to take equal part in writing the proposal and felt really proud when I got news that HealthProm would launch a social project on disability issues in my country. The HealthProm's work atmosphere is easygoing, people are always pleasant to work with (as I still work with HealthProm on the projects in Kyrgyzstan) and your skills, knowledge and capacity to work are respected by HealthProm staff and their board of trustees. My volunteering experience with them was an excellent start in my career in the development field in Kyrgyzstan where I now work as an equal partner of HealthProm projects. I cannot hesitate to say that they are a great NGO to volunteer for.
I've been volunteering for HealthProm for nearly 5 months now and the time has flown by! I've been translating of a wide variety of documents from Russian>English. It's been fantastic to do this work for them as it's something I really enjoy and the translations have been so interesting. I've learnt so much about the charity and the work they do helping children and women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. I've also been helping to promote the charity via social media websites. The people at HealthProm are so friendly and great to work with! I'm so glad that I'm doing my bit to help the amazing work they do!