Welcome back to Humans of Unicrew! After a short hiatus (exams and uni break, you know the deal) we are back in action. Taking inspiration from “Humans of New York” we are trying to catch up with the wonderful people that make this volunteering world go around. One of the beautiful things about this community is that it is ordinary people doing their part to make the uni, the city and the world just a wee bit more awesome.
This week we caught up with Jesse Aimer! He does some great work with the Otago International Friendship Network, the Peer Mediation centre, the Otago International office and the Citizens Advice bureau. In some of his spare minutes, he shared this with us.
Why do you like helping people?
Volunteering for different groups has given me the chance to meet a wide variety of people from across the University and Dunedin communities whom I may not have otherwise crossed paths with.
What would you say your greatest strength is and how does it help you in your volunteer roles?
I would say my greatest strength is being able to relate to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. In my volunteer roles I am fortunate enough to engage with people of all ages from all corners of the globe.
What would you like to see change in the University of Otago community?
I think the University of Otago community has a lot to be proud of. I would like our community to be more vocal – in our pride in the University and Dunedin, but also on the issues that impact us as a community. Building a greater presence will enable us to have a greater say in those issues that affect us on both a local and national scale.
Would you like to be famous? If so, what would you like to be famous for and why?
I would love to do something worthy of fame, but would then hate all the attention that comes with it. So, maybe if I’m rich enough to buy a large estate and hide from all the paps!