National Volunteer Week - Andre Brown

Paramedic in training Andre Brown finds volunteering with Wellington Free a special way to give back to his community while advancing his future career as a paramedic. 

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"To volunteer with Wellington Free it takes extraordinary effort; commitment, tenacity and resilience." - Chris Buckley, Volunteer and Events Manager

Andre has been volunteering for Wellington Free since April 2016.

A big believer in the concept of volunteering, Andre sees it as an invaluable way to give back to his community and provides “a great sense of achievement.”

It was the ability to help people in their time of need that encouraged Andre to volunteer with Wellington Free.

Clearly possessing a charitable streak, Andre has also been a volunteer firefighter with The New Zealand Fire Service since 2014, but volunteering with the ambulance service provides practical benefits that support his budding career as a paramedic.

“I’m a paramedic student so it’s a great way to improve my knowledge and confidence under the supervision of some highly experienced people.

“You get to learn new skills, meet new people and make valuable connections,” he says.

Andre is a big supporter of Wellington Free; he sees the organisation as giving an essential service to the wider Wellington region.

“It’s a great organisation to be a part of and a great way to help provide leading edge patient care to the community.”

As for balancing his volunteering with full-time study towards a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic), Andre enjoys the challenge of leading a busy and productive lifestyle.

“The life experience I have gained from volunteering has been helpful in all aspects of life. I think it’s important to have a busy, but balanced lifestyle.”

Andre still keeps up with his hobbies, playing with the Wellington Brass and the National Youth Brass Band.

“I find it great to have something completely unrelated to work that I can do to relax.”

Volunteering with Wellington Free is a great way to test out a new career, says Andre: “It’s never too late to give it a go!” 

If you’re interested in joining Andre and the volunteers team visit our website or email volunteers@wfa.org.nz for more information.


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