Seven things I've learned from being a St John Ambulance
As part of Student Volunteering Week, we're publishing blogs
from St John Ambulance student volunteers. Today we hear from Emma
1. What I want to do with my life
Student volunteering has definitely contributed to my career
path and has impacted on many of my friends too. I joined a St John
Ambulance student volunteer group during my first degree and have
since returned to university and started a nursing course.
2. Life hacks for the future
How to deal with stressful situations, work with and manage a
team, teach and present to an audience and organise events. All
things that are beyond useful and give you a lot more confidence in
life and work.
3. That spending hours volunteering (and at the pub) together
can make you very close as a team...maybe too close!
It's amazing what topics can come up 8 hours into conversations
at events; from politics to bowel habits and everything in between.
We trust each other completely and you definitely make some friends
4. Never kneel in front of someone feeling nauseous
This is a crucial skill that, unfortunately, is only learned
through experience. Rule #1: keep on your toes!
5. Volunteering gets you into some great events!
Since being a volunteer I have done a huge variety of events,
from local village fetes to national festivals. Highlights include
Sports Personality of the Year After Party, England Rugby Training
Session, Creamfields, V Festival, Tour de France Grand Depart… the
list goes on.
6. How to acquire tea in any situation
Getting a good brew at chilly event is high on the list of
priorities! It's important to send out tea scouts early and get in
some good refreshments for the team if you're in charge. More
seriously, a cup of tea and a chat is sometimes just what's needed
to help someone feel better.
7. How to save a life
Most importantly, I have learned some first aid skills as a
volunteer too! I've progressed from nervous newbie to teaching
skills with keen freshers. Our aim is to pass on vital knowledge to
as many people as possible within our university society and the
Your university first aid society offers you the chance
to be part of a unique team of life savers, run by students for
Become a St John Ambulance student