“I think one's feelings waste themselves in words;
they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”
- Florence Nightingale
The shortage of health workers is a global phenomenon, which also affects Trinidad and Tobago. The key issue is having an adequate supply of health workers with the requisite skills and competencies to meet the country's demand. In order to address this issue, there is need to engage in activities that build the available supply of human resources for the sector. One way in which this can be done is to promote the sector as a preferred industry for employment.
The Ministry of Health's Student Volunteer Programme is intended for secondary school students from age fourteen to eighteen years old. The initial pilot programme will be conducted at the North Central Regional Health Authority, North West Regional Health Authority, Chemistry, Food & Drugs Division and the Public Health Inspectorate for a period of two weeks, where they are expected to complete forty hours of volunteer service.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEERING?
- Make new friends and professional connections
- Learn new skills
- Experience job duties firsthand, which will help you to be confident in your career choice
- Help patients to have a comfortable and enjoyable stay at the hospital/ health facility
- Add meaningful experience to your résumé or university application
- Build confidence and self-esteem when navigating new situations and people
YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO US
Volunteers will work together with staff members to fulfill the goals and objectives of the organisation in which they are placed. You are intended to complement the work of staff members thereby adding value to the organisation and its commitment to high patient care.
You are also able to give feedback to your supervisor and therefore add new insight into the services provided to clients.
click to download the Student Volunteer Programme Booklet
(Adobe PDF, 1.9MB, 6 pages)
click to download the Student Volunteer Programme Brochure
(Adobe PDF, 632KB, 2 pages)