Vika Akaveka, a devoted volunteer for the CAMS Program, has dedicated over four years and approximately 5000 hours to with students. She explains, “As a dedicated CAMS Volunteer Tutor for the English class, I am privileged to play a role in shaping the academic and personal growth of students.” Her commitment extends beyond the classroom as she actively participates in events to enrich the educational experience for all involved.

Reflecting on a memorable experience, Vika recounts her involvement in the Making Hervey Bay Home Project. She expresses pride in being chosen for this project, sharing its transformative impact. “Being selected for this project was a moment of immense pride for me,” she shares. Through this project, Vika witnessed the power of volunteering to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for newcomers, shaping her perspective and fostering empathy and compassion.

Vika’s dedication to the Multicultural Choir has left a lasting impression on her volunteer journey. She expresses gratitude for their involvement in recent events, highlighting the sense of community and unity they bring. “I am very grateful for the entire Multicultural Choir and for getting involved to perform recently at Global Beats and Eats,” she says.

Offering advice to potential volunteers, Vika emphasises the importance of choosing causes aligned with their interests and values. “Choose a cause or organisation that aligns with your interests, values, and passions,” she advises. Passion, dedication, and reliability are key factors in successful volunteering experiences, according to Vika.

Describing her volunteer journey as “Transformative Growth,” Vika reflects on the profound impact volunteering has had on her personally and professionally. She emphasises the development of valuable skills, including communication, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving, which have contributed to her overall professional development.

Through Vika’s experiences, it’s evident that volunteering is not just about giving back to the community but also about personal growth and enrichment. Her dedication to creating a supportive environment for students and newcomers alike exemplifies the transformative power of volunteering.