All Specialists (Sixth Form) at Charterhouse take part in CAS – creativity, action and service activities. The ‘service’ element of this is particularly important as it brings to life our School motto ‘Deo Dante Dedi’ or ‘God having given, I give’.
Chris Chan (P, 1ys) volunteers at the Royal Surrey County Hospital
Being a student volunteer in the RSCH is a very fulfilling experience. Students are required to dedicate 2-3 hours a week serving at the RSCH. Students will be distributed into different wards throughout the hospital, communicating with patients and aiding hospital staff with their duties. Students usually serve during the late afternoon hours (5:30pm – 6:30pm) and will be required to serve & collect dinner for the patients.
Although these tasks may sound bit boring, but building relationships with people within the hospital and being able to serve the community is extremely meaningful.
In fact, this volunteer work can be treated as a learning experience. By conversing with the patients about the disease/injury they were hospitalised with, discussions like these can really broaden your medical knowledge and train your inter-communicational skills. Therefore, I find this volunteer service tremendously useful, especially if students want to pursue a medical-related career in the future.