My name is Francielly Torres and I have been working on the Gift-Giving project as a Volunteer Transcriber.
This is my first volunteer position working with the Gift Giving Project, but I have previously volunteered with a Manchester charity which helps disadvantaged children in Tanzania.
I volunteered to take part in the project in order to learn new skills which I could add my to CV and also to gain experience in the skills which I already have. I have worked as a trancriber before and I thought that this would be a good opportunity to keep practicing my skills while helping in this project.
What interested me about this project is that this project is about gift giving procedures within Asian cultures. As I am always open to learning about different cultures and practices, this project was of high interest to me. The opportunity to work from home and in my time was also a deciding factor because it enables me, as a mature student with a young child, to volunteer my time and help the project without compromising my other commitments.
From this experience, I have learnt about different cultures, customs and religions which I was not previously familiar with. I was also able to practice transcribing different accents and listen to different vocabularies that I was not familiar with which helped me to develop my transcribing and listening skills further. I have also learnt to organise myself better and manage my time more effectively.
Since I have started volunteering with the Gift-Giving Project I have looked for further volunteer work. I think it is important to help others if we are able to and at the same time, gain experience that can enhance our CVs, which will aid us in being better members of society and better people. Volunteering gives me a sense of having done my part in helping the evolution and improvement of our society.