Claire

Claire

My name is Claire and I was lucky enough to travel to Uganda in 2007 and 2010, Ghana in 2008 and Kenya in 2009 with the Lasallian Projects. I was provided with an incredible opportunity to do something practical that would have a lasting impact on a community, travel and experience a different culture and way of life and make lasting friendships. This was at a critical stage of young adulthood where I wanted to use my free time in a positive way to help others and I am very fortunate that the experience I had provided me with a strong foundation of social and practical skills and the enthusiasm to work hard in my future career to ensure I could use said skills to provide help to people at home and overseas.

I am currently working as a trainee doctor in Accident and Emergency Medicine in Glasgow. The Lasallian Projects inspired an interest in Global Health and I have since volunteered as a Doctor in Malawi, working in a rural health clinic and Greece, working with refugees. I plan to undertake ongoing voluntary work throughout my working life. Had I not worked with Lasallian Projects so early in my studies I might not have had the confidence and motivation to put myself out of my comfort zone and work in these more challenging health care settings. I credit the interest and enthusiasm I have for this work to the experience I had with Lasallian Projects.

I would encourage anyone to apply for a project if interested. If you do go do so open to new experiences, motivated to work hard on the building site and with a passion to integrate into the local community to ensure the ethos of the projects is upheld. On your return to the UK use the experience of being on project to drive you to continue to show compassion to people and help others when you can.