My name is Fereshteh Payam. My nickname is Angela.
Where do you volunteer?
I volunteer at Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (WIN) and TAFE.
How long have you been volunteering there for?
I have been volunteering at WIN and TAFE since April 2018
Why do you choose to volunteer?
I have PhD in public policy and I was a lecturer at a university in overseas. I have been in Australia since Sep 2016. I volunteer because I have expertise that is easy for me to teach and help others like adult migrants to acquire English language skills and share my talents and time with non-profit-organization like WIN to supports the culturally diverse and assists new residents and their families. Actually, we need to support each other. I am proud to be able to be a part of a WIN group that is proactive in helping to bring joy to others.
What is your favourite thing about volunteering?
I truly like and enjoy helping people. It teaches me something new about them and lets me get closer to the community and the region. Also, it helps me to increase my self-confidence and gives me a sense of pride and identity. I enjoy meeting different people from different backgrounds and cultures. It helps me to learn something new and obtain new skills.
What would you say to encourage others to volunteer?
I would like to share my experience. Actually, volunteers immerse themselves in a pool of opportunities. Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement and learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
The most important benefit is volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family and be part of a community and can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
Volunteering has a great impact on society and volunteers are a great help to the community and have a real and valuable positive effect.