MY EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERING AT WORLD VISION CANADA HQ

My name is Deanna Tayloo and I’m currently a third year student at The University of Guelph-Humber in The Family and Community Social Services Program. I take pride in both my school and program, because they offer both a degree and a diploma that can be achieved within just four years. They also offer 850+ hours of fieldwork to ensure that students’ get the most relevant knowledge and real life work experience through field placement. This year, I was lucky enough to get my placement at The World Vision office. During my time here, I support two teams: The Child and Sponsorship Operation team and The Youth and Student Engagement Team. The wonderful thing about this experience is that I’m working for a global NGO that serves the world’s most vulnerable people, which is valuable to me as someone who wishes to become a successful social worker in the near future.

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With that being said, the tasks I do in the Child and Sponsorship Operation Team are mainly administrative. I like to think of the work I do here on this team as the behind the scenes action to the bigger picture. Think for example when you watch a movie, you only see the noteworthy outcome of the movie, but “behind the scenes” is where all of the time, effort, and devotion goes into to ensure that everything is perfect for the public to view. The tasks I do on The Youth & Student Engagement Team are mainly to support community outreach aspects. What I love about being apart of this team is that they help you to realize that everyone has the potential to change the world in some way and all it takes is some self conscious recognition and awareness that we are all capable of doing a good deed which believe this is at the heart of the youth team. They strive to reach out to younger generations knowing that they have the potential to lead the future and leave a lasting legacy behind. For example, something as simple as the “Do It Yourself Campaign,” which this team promotes, gives you all the power to create the change you want to see in the world.

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Coming to think of how all of this will be beneficial to me in the long run is because of what this experience has taught me. It taught me how to be grateful for everything that I have. Although I think this is something that everyone who is privileged should think, I’m reminded of this thought when I’m at World Vision. When I’m here, the staff members’ always remind me that the concept of love and hope is something so extraordinary that can heal all. They remind me that the children, families, and communities around the world in developing countries are not as privileged as we are, yet these communities feel so inspired, safe, loved, and secure by something as simple as our love, hope, vision to see change for them. As a whole, this experience has taught me that the “poor” are not just a group of people the “privileged” can easily define as non-productive group that we are obligated to help but they are real people who we have concern for and who we can help. Understanding what this means and how this feels will always be beneficial to anyone who is a social worker or in the helping profession, because we all have the desire to help others’ and advocate for them in the best way we can whether that may be volunteering or working for a global NGO like World Vision, or standing up for social justice on your own.

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