Volunteering at Tim Hortons

By Vy Dang, international student from Vietnam studying at Burnaby South Secondary School

Another great part about studying abroad are the volunteering opportunities I have had for the past two years. At school, We Council is where I am most committed to thanks to the genuine friends I met from there. I love fundraising in the cafeteria and making posters for the club. We always have a party to celebrate at the end of each term, which makes our bond even tighter.

Last March, I also had the most amazing volunteer experience in Tim Hortons as a requirement for graduation. I volunteered for sixty hours, and it was the most well-spent break ever. It taught me speed, customer service, and communication skills. I worked as a barista and a cashier at the same time.

At first, it was overwhelming for me due to the busy working environment. However, looking back, the challenge has taught me a lot. I had a chance to work with professional workers, and they were more like my friends rather than managers. On my last shift, they even gave me a bottle as a gift and a uniform as a memory. Two weeks of working were difficult but helpful at the same time. I am really excited and proud whenever I share with my friends that I have worked in Tim Hortons before. I am looking forward to having more volunteering opportunities like these, so that I can enhance my strengths and improve my weaknesses.

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