Meet Thomas Street Volunteer, Rajaa

Tell us about yourself

Hello my name is Rajaa, I moved from Syria to Australia two years ago and I am a biomedical engineer.

What does National Volunteer Week mean to you?

The National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to honour the impact of all those who do well in our communities, and inspire others to make a difference and improve the world.

Why do you choose to volunteer at Monash Health?

As I mentioned earlier I am a biomedical engineer. I worked in the medical field for 24 years in my country Syria. After I moved to Australia two years ago, I wanted to get involved and give back to the Australian community. Therefore I chose to volunteer at Monash to develop more friendships and connections, get valuable experience in a large organisation and help people to get through tough times.

What is the most rewarding thing about volunteering?

Volunteering does not only benefit the communities but the volunteers themselves. When you volunteer, you get to know the community better, give something back, make new friends, increase your network, learn new skills and advance your career. Moreover, volunteering reduces stress because giving to others can also help our mental and physical health.

One thing about me that people probably don’t know is…

Even though my career is related to science I like drawing and travelling.

Anything further you would like to add

I want to add that we all have something to give, anything simple could help and the more we give, the happier we feel.

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