Each week, the market is supported by eight enthusiastic student volunteers who help set up, facilitate, serve and pack away the market.
Xueqing (Mel) Wang, a third-year Bachelor of Social Work student from China, volunteers at the market and is pleased to be part of a service that provides fellow students with basic needs and essential nutrition. She has also benefitted both personally and professionally from the opportunity to volunteer at the markets.
‘Volunteer experiences enhance my knowledge and skills of social work,’ says Xueqing (Mel) Wang.
‘I chose to study a social work degree because the core values encourage me to fight for equality and to support vulnerable individuals and groups. Volunteering connects directly to this.
‘At the markets I most enjoy seeing the smiles on students’ faces. My self-confidence has increased by interacting with so many diverse people, and the role of volunteer has brought me a great sense of pride and identity.’
Updates on when the market is open during term can be found on the Oasis Facebook page.