Vocational area: Health & Social Care
Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Vancouver, Canada
My placement allowed me to improve my organizational, communication and listening skills. I have met lots of people that are committed and passionate to their job and it’s very noticeable that they love what they are doing, I have learnt lots of things from them which I intend to apply in the future.
I have never had any experience with people with disabilities begore therefore this was a great opportunity to have an insight and learn from them. Due to my interest in pursuing medicine in the future I wanted to know how this other side of medicine worked. I thought that the best way of learning is to experience in the first hand and listen to people’s experiences and try to understand different perspectives.
I was based in a non-profit organisation, RCD (Richmond Centre for Disabilities). It’s a lovely place with a friendly environment where everyone feels comfortable and welcome.
When you enter you see the front desk attended by a kind and friendly colleague. It has an activity room where all the activities and different programmes take place (table tennis, life skills lessons, social club, relaxing and exercising sessions). They also have a mini thrift store which is used for fundraising.
My main tasks were to support staff in the different activities such as gardening, life skills lessons and social games clubs. We also had the responsibility of advertising a donated vintage collection on social media, to increase donations.
I loved the vegetation and fresh air of Vancouver. It is very interesting how in 10 minutes difference we pass from the city to a completely different scene; a farm, or basically rural.
I love the good vibes that Vancouver radiates, full of young people. When you go out, it’s very easy to make friends and to create bonds with people as they are very friendly and kind. The best thing is going out at night and seeing the warm yellow lights across the streets of downtown. There’s lots of things to do in Vancouver and I have enjoyed every single thing that I have done here. Amazing.
This was a great opportunity that has amplified my knowledge personally and academically. Doing things in a different country is not the same as doing it in your own. I learnt to be independent and responsible as well as to learn about culture.
It allowed me to improve my organisational. communication and listening skills. I have met lots of people who are committed and passionate about their job and it’s very noticeable that they love what they are doing. I have learnt lots of things from them which I intend to apply in the future. This experience has, without a doubt, really boosted my confidence.
Improved language skills
Exposure to cultural experience
Improved people skills
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