I have been involved in the Cyprus Chartered Accountants Students Society (CCASS) for two years, initially as sponsorships director and now as Chair. At CCASS we welcome students at all levels in their ACA training, and host a range of educational, networking and social events. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to get involved in all kinds of things, from coordinating educational events and meeting industry role models to organising sporting activities and raising funds for charitable events.
In whatever we do, we try to keep our target audience in mind, and always meet their needs and expectations. Our events have benefited our members in so many ways: they have met professionals from the industry and discussed the issues of the day; they have been informed about new skills and trends within the market; and they have enjoyed social and sporting activities, meeting new people and making new friends. The society also serves as a useful line of communication between the Institute and students, enabling us to keep our members updated so that they always feel informed, prepared and supported.
We are making a difference to people’s lives
What drives us as volunteers to continue is being able to help our fellow students with their career development, social life and mental health – essentially we are there to offer support wherever it’s needed. There are so many benefits for the volunteers, too: as well as improving our teamwork and leadership skills, we feel that we are making a difference to people’s lives in our own way. The opportunity to meet, socialise and volunteer with like-minded colleagues is helping to create a strong student community in Cyprus.
Volunteering only takes a few hours of my time each week – it won’t keep you away from your other interests and commitments, and the rewards are well worth it. So if you’re interested in getting involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local student society.