I joined the Amy Foundation in January of this year. My cousin told me about the programmes after hearing about it through one of his colleagues, who mentioned that the foundation was recruiting. That evening, I went to the Facebook page and applied.
I had the most interest in the hospitality programme, specifically in the culinary sector. I had no experience with cooking, so I was excited to learn new skills and do something with my life as I was unemployed. During the programme, I learned things such as prepping food correctly and knife skills. I also learned about work etiquette and how to stand on my own two feet. The three months I spent in the programme helped me become more confident. Before joining Amy, I would have described myself as quite a nervous person; however, now I feel comfortable when speaking in front of large groups.
Currently, I am volunteering at the Amy Foundation, where I assist Chef Paul and the other facilitators in the kitchen, and I am responsible for making lunch for the learners. I enjoy volunteering because it allows me to improve my skills and gain experience; every day, I am presented with something new to learn.
In the future, I hope to find a job in the hospitality field, perhaps in a hotel. I would also like to start my own business one day.
My words of wisdom would be to just breathe when faced with a tough situation. Don’t give in to pressure, just try to do your best.