⦁ 72 student volunteers so far from high schools in Abu Dhabi have provided valuable support to Umm Al Emarat Park’s community focused event, the Park Market
⦁ Volunteers have donated their time to help with logistics support for the weekly event
Abu Dhabi, 11 January 2023: Since the launch of Umm Al Emarat Park’s volunteer program in November 2022, over 72 students have participated, putting in over 576hours to support the Park’s weekly family-friendly event, the Park Market. The students, who hail from high schools across Abu Dhabi have been instrumental in providing support across areas including logistics, event operations and guest relations.
The program offers students a dynamic and friendly environment to gain work experience, give back to their community by supporting SMEs and enhance soft skills that will set them up for success as they prepare for higher education. Set to run until March of this year, the program continues to welcome applications from students who wish to volunteer.
Commenting on the volunteer program, Rasha Kablawi, Head of Umm Al Emarat Park's corporate affairs and communication department, said: “As a community-focused park, we are firmly committed to providing youngsters with opportunities for personal and professional development. This is core to our volunteer program, which has seen an overwhelmingly positive response to date from students across the emirate.”
“Not only has the experience been an enriching one for our volunteers, but likewise for our teams and partners as well who have thoroughly enjoyed working with the young students. A family-friendly event delivered for the community by the community, our Park Market vendors are mainly UAE-based entrepreneurs and small business owners. This provides a particularly valuable experience for students keen to explore the business world, while also enabling them to support local and homegrown enterprises” she continued.
Several volunteers registered with Umm Al Emarat’s program to help strengthen their resumes ahead of preparing to apply to university. Grade 12 student Karim Ahmed commented saying: “The program has benefited me greatly, especially as I can count the experience towards my university application. By volunteering at the park, I’ve been able to improve my communication skills by working closely with the Park Market’s vendors, the Park’s staff as well as guiding visitors to the park”.
Others were pleased to have had the opportunity to volunteer in the great outdoors, as opposed to completing an internship at a desk job. Grade 12 student Bassil Herzallah said “I was looking to do something beneficial yet active and fun, so Umm Al Emarat Park’s volunteer program was the perfect one to enrol in. The atmosphere was incredibly joyful and choc-full of activities all the time. My favorite part of the experience was working with the entertainment team to help deliver a puppet show at the park – I was able to work backstage and learn a lot of technical skills that I’ll definitely use in the future.”
Grade 12 student Sarah Shawah mentioned her gratitude to be able to volunteer in such a positive environment. “Volunteering at the park helped me improve both my communication and social skills, as I was an asset at supporting visitors and vendors. Everyone I had the chance to work with at the park felt like family. The best part of the experience was drawing a smile on people’s faces and feeling their appreciation for my work. I would definitely recommend enrolling with Umm Al Emarat Park’s volunteer program and led a helping hand to our community.”
Known as Abu Dhabi’s favorite green destination, Umm Al Emarat Park is one of the oldest and largest urban parks in Abu Dhabi, bringing together families and friends to relax, exercise and play in the heart of the city.
For more information and to apply to the Park’s volunteer program, kindly visit: www.ummalemaratpark.ae or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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