Why you should consider becoming a student volunteer

Simone RamacciIt's Student Volunteering Week and we're celebrating and thanking all of our St John Ambulance student volunteers.

Here's Simone Ramacci's story of why he became a student volunteer.

'I don’t know how you do this,' the paramedic said to me and my colleague as she glanced around the small overly-heated room. To be honest, sometimes I am not even sure myself what got me started into the beautiful mess dedicating my week-end nights to assisting students at my university can be. The one thing I know is this: I love it.

There are great perks that come with student volunteering with St John Ambulance: transferable skills (presentations are just way easier after dealing with stubborn patients!), free training, and – last but not least – nice green uniforms!

No matter whether you are an accounting student or an English literature student, you will find yourself equipped to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. And fellow volunteers will become life-long friends (and they will, sitting in a room waiting for the next call does that to people).

And yet, I think I speak for most of our student volunteers when I say I didn’t join for the perks. I knew I wanted to go to a university with a student volunteering unit since I picked my choices on UCAS, I had – if you don’t mind me saying it – a feeling this was a calling for me, one I had to answer.

Four years down the line I am glad I answered it, not because of the flashy adrenaline-inducing cases I have seen my share of, but because of the people whom I had a chance to help, no matter how small and unimportant their affliction might have looked, because I knew that on a night out even the smallest thing is somebody’s big deal. And that’s why you should join too!

Want to see more?

Some of our student volunteers have been busy vlogging. Take a look at our playlist on our St John Ambulance YouTube channel.