UNIVERSITY students from around Perth took part in National Student Volunteer Week recently by spending time outdoors in the community.
Students from University of Western Australia have taken part in an inter-university treeplanting event with Volunteering WA and Friends of Lake Claremont.
Volunteering WA senior development manager Traci Gamblin said the organisation had been working for years with WA universities and student guilds to facilitate volunteering for students.
“We have seen a shift in thinking from volunteering as an add-on to an essential service for students and a vital part of their learning experience,” she said.
“Tertiary institutions recognise that volunteering and other forms of community engagement produce more prepared, caring and engaged graduates. Being a volunteer enables students to connect with the wider community and learn how to address community problems.”
More than 100 students from UWA, ECU, Murdoch, Curtin and Notre Dame planted trees last Saturday at Lake Claremont.
UWA student guild president Maddie Mulholland said it was great for students to get involved with volunteering. “It’s great to see students from all of WA’s universities coming together to show their commitment to the environment,” she said.
National Student Volunteer Week ran from August 8 to 14.
Claire Duffy, Abeena Mohann, Krishan Shah, Violeta Calderon and Holly Johnsen took part in some tree planting for National Student Volunteer Week recently.