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Glasgow graduate urges others get involved in volunteering

Published: Wednesday, 06 January 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A Glasgow graduate that scooped a prestigious photography award for her work detailing a volunteering project in India is urging others to consider their options.

Having graduating with an architecture degree at Strathclyde University, 26-year-old Ruth Mclennan (a budding photographer) is now reaching out to other likeminded individuals, urging them to sign up to the International Citizen Service (ICS), a UK Government-funded project.

While spending two months in India, Ruth spent her time filling the shoes of a team leader, alongside ICS partner, Raleigh International. She volunteered to work on the water, sanitation and health project at the Naganapura Colony village in southern India in 2014.

To gain a place on this volunteering project, she had to compete against 200 entrants in the annual ICS photography competition, in which she was awarded a prize in the education and learning category.

While in India, Ruth worked alongside a number of British and Indian volunteers, all of whom offered their services to help build a shower block, whilst teaching village residents about the importance of hygiene.

“I knew I always wanted to do some humanitarian work but I didn't know how to go about it,” explained Ruth. “This experience was life-changing. I really want to encourage other people to apply.”

Regardless of whether you're business or hygiene-minded – the ICS has something to suit all volunteers, including the chance to learn numerous life skills, all of which will help in future employment.

Ruth added that “being a finalist in the photography competition was the cherry on the cake.”

“While I was in India, my camera was always with me. I wanted to record as many special moments of my ICS adventure as possible,” she explained.

Award-winning photographer Andrew Aitchison, and ICS photography competition judge, added that Ruth’s photography had “captured the essence of ICS” while detailing how the project helps individuals all over the world. The photos showcasing Ruth's experience will be on display in Westminster Central Hall.

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