Voluntary work in the Oncology Centre in Warsaw
I am the most proud of my CAS activity for service – volunteering in the Oncology Centre in Warsaw. I visit the Centre every week. I talk with patients and help them with daily problems. Also, I keep them company, which is my the most important task. What is more, I take part in workshops organized by the charity foundation which oversee voluntary service in the Oncology Centre. I have already attended four courses- introduction to oncology, radiology, chemotherapy and about pain relief. Thanks to them, I know more about the nature and possible ways of treatment the disease which stricken my patients. Furthermore, both voluntary service and workshops have influenced my IB choices- I have decided to write my Biology Internal Assessment on relationship between alcohol consumption and the rate of gastric cancer incidences in selected European countries. This activity brings a sense of accomplishment to me, because patients appreciate my work and they are glad that someone wants to spend their free time doing something for others. It gives me a motivational boost and encourages me to continue my voluntary work in the hospital. Also, thanks to my CAS service I prepare myself to be a doctor in the future. I want to study medicine, so my CAS experience gives me the chance to see what challenges doctors have to face. I know more about public healthcare realities due to the fact that I have been a volunteer in the Oncology Centre, which is the biggest oncology hospital in Poland.