Meet the Volunteers – Giuseppe

Name: Giuseppe

Age: 23

Country of Origin: Italy

Volunteer at Railton House (Paddington)

What brought you to London?

I came to London because I consider it to be the ‘city of opportunities’ – you can become whatever you want.

How long have you been living here?

Before moving, I took several holidays here. Now I have been living here for one month and I really feel at home.

How did you hear about LHA and volunteering?

About six weeks ago, I was browsing social media and read about volunteering at LHA London. Their way of working intrigued me so much i.e. doing some volunteering in exchange for free food and accommodation. It also provided a great opportunity for those who want to live in London and improve their language.

Describe a typical ‘day in the life of a volunteer’ at LHA?

Every day I wake up at 7:30am to have breakfast and at 9:00am my duties start – ending around midday. I generally take care of the cleaning of the hostel.

What do you like best about being a volunteer?

I have the opportunity to grow personally and become independent. This is very important for a young person who wants to experience a ‘new world’.

What’s your London secret (best place to go/visit)?

One of my favourite places in London is Hyde Park.  I love nature and I love having lunches in the company of swans or ducks and even with the urban squirrels!

Advice you’d give to any young person thinking of coming to London to work or study and volunteer at LHA?

Every young person should volunteer at LHA London at least once in their lifetime. If you want to study, learn a new language or save some money – LHA London is the answer.

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