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Volunteers ready to serve

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

NURSING student Lavione Vonoua is hoping to get a permanent job at the Ministry of Health at the completion of her volunteering service.

Ms Vonoua, 21, is among the first batch of 10 volunteers consisting of retirees and graduates engaged in the Fiji Volunteers Service.

"I am really excited to be doing this," she said.

"I look forward to wonderful opportunities that will open to me through this volunteering scheme and hopefully I can get a permanent job after my one-year service," said Ms Vonoua.

Public Service Commission permanent secretary, Parmesh Chand said the goal for the volunteers scheme was to gain employment.

"We have three categories of volunteers, the unemployed graduate trainee, senior and senior regional," he said.

"We hope to get permanent jobs for the younger volunteers at the duration of their services."

Five of the volunteers, including Ms Vonoua will be engaged with the Ministry of Health, while the other five will be engaged with the Ministry of Education.

"We commend these volunteers for availing themselves," said Mr Chand.