Volunteering gives students employability edge

If you want to get out of the classroom this study period, use your disciplinary knowledge to get involved in the community with the Community Service Learning Project EDUC4186 at the University of South Australia.

Health science student, Samantha Stephens, became a mentor with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).

‘I originally wanted to be an occupational therapist (OT) but didn’t get into it so I did health sciences instead, but now I’ve taken a real interest in health promotion, particularly Indigenous health,’ Samantha says.

‘People have told me I’m such a passionate person and I didn’t really believe them, but now I’m starting to discover that there are different areas that I might be useful in rather than what I originally set out to do with OT, which I’m sure will keep happening as the year goes on with AIME.

‘It is certainly cementing my interest in Indigenous culture, health and closing the gap. Basically, it is something I’ve become really passionate about so it’s been a really good experience.”

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