WCVA International Volunteer of the year award
Molly Briskham is the 2016 winner of WCVA International Volunteer of the year award.
The award is given in recognition of Molly’s outstanding contribution during her volunteer placement in India with Empower – Be The Change (formally Vi-Ability India).
Molly shares her experience and what the award means to her in a short interview with WCVA and Empower – Be The Change.
How does it feel to be awarded this accolade?
Amazing! I feel truly honored and humbled to have won such an award.
I still miss the country and the children everyday so its lovely to think that they enjoyed my time with them too! Its just the best feeling.
Why did you choose to volunteer in India?
I volunteered in India because I wanted to have new experiences, experiences that would not be available to me in my everyday life. I wanted to learn more about the rest of world and it’s people and the only real way to do that was to see it for myself. I wanted to make a difference to someone else’s life.
How has the placement changed you and your outlook?
For me, my placement in India molded me into the person that I’ve always wanted to be. It taught me to live life outside my comfort zone and to seize every opportunity. I learnt to laugh at every given opportunity and gave me perspective on what is important. I also learnt a lot of life skills, be it catching a plane on my own, communicating through a language barrier or washing my clothes in a bucket!
What are your future volunteer plans?
Volunteering everywhere! I’m hoping to return to India this summer and cannot wait to see my boys again!
I’m also currently working to set up a volunteer network for those who are looking to complete a placement in India and those who already have as a sort of support system for anything that they may need to know or may want to be involved in. I hope to use volunteering as my way of seeing the world.
What advice would you give to someone looking to volunteer in the UK and/or overseas?
Just do it! Don’t even think about it! Just do it! As humans its in our nature to think decisions through but in doing so we often put up barriers that we can’t seem to break. In my experience in taking the risk and just saying yes I found that all of those barriers can be broken when you come to it its just a case of a little bit if creative thinking. So just say yes to an adventure and enjoy every single second of it.
Want to volunteer in India?
Join Empower in 2016 and help support Silo India tackle rural poverty in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu.
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