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29 Jun 2017

Assumption Volunteers on Catholic radio

Helen Granger, Assumption Volunteer Co-ordinator, Anita Motha from the Salesians and James Trewby from the Columbans, explain why people volunteer abroad, and what an enriching experience it can be.

Talking Faith is a chat show connecting ordinary men and women within the Catholic faith and examining issues affecting both church and society, mixed with music, messages and prayer requests. Lavoisier Fernandes from Heavens Road FM Catholic Radio poses the question: 'Would you volunteer overseas for your faith?' 

In this radio interview, Helen, Anita and James share about how going abroad for a year of service can enrich and change a person's life.  

Listen to the radio programme:

‘I would call our programme an exchange of gifts, because everyone has gifts that they can share’ – says Helen

The foundress of the Assumption Sisters, St Marie Eugenie said: “It’s madness not to be yourself as fully as possible” so the Sisters invite the volunteers to grow. In their year of service the volunteers work hard and immerse themselves in a new culture, give all they can and still they often say they receive more than they gave. We send volunteers for a year to the Philippines, India, Lithuania and Newcastle.

Anyone thinking of a year of service abroad or in the UK, do listen! It is not too late to apply to be part of our international team in Newcastle from 8 September 2017 to 27 July 2018 or to start thinking about volunteering overseas next year.