In search of an organization where I could build capacity for my career, I chanced on the profile of WAAF/IHCC online in January 2022. I made thorough checks, communicated with past interns, and learned about their various experiences at the organization. Enthused about the awesome work WAAF/IHCC does, I decided to take the initiative to fill out the volunteer form and follow up in person days after filling the form.
I got in and started volunteering at the clinic, whilst learning under amazing people at WAAF/IHCC. I enjoyed each day I worked at the clinic and went on lots of outreaches to engage key populations and provide essential health services. It has been 14 months since I started volunteering at WAAF, and I can confidently say that my experience has been nothing short of awesome. During this time, I have transitioned through various roles, including Nurse Consultant on the Epic Project and Project Coordinator on the IMPAACT4C19 project.
My transition to these roles was made possible by the amazing team at WAAF/IHCC. The synergy among the team at WAAF/IHCC served as an initial motivation for me. The staff work together to ensure that their efforts are coordinated, and that the impact they make is felt in the community. This synergy has inspired me to push myself and to do more for the good of the community.
Through my experiences at WAAF/IHCC, I have gained valuable expertise that I believe has been key to my work. I have learned about the importance of teamwork, collaboration, and effective communication. I have also learned about the various challenges that individuals and communities face in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the various interventions that can be implemented to address these challenges.
In conclusion, volunteering at WAAF/IHCC has been an amazing experience for me. The organization has a welcoming and supportive environment that provides ample opportunities for personal and professional growth. I am grateful for the experience and the relationships I have built while volunteering at WAAF, and I look forward to remaining a part of this amazing community.
Public Health Nurse, University of Health & Allied Sciences