Khurram Jahangir Khan- Inspirational Young People SeriesCulture, Inspirational People | November 1, 2015
We have been on a quest to interview inspirational young people over the past few months. Third in our series is Khurram Jahangir Khan who is a 20-year-old student that loves to volunteer. He has recently won the New Resident Volunteer of the Year award all while juggling a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.
Khurram enjoys teaching high school subjects to African students, is a volunteer coordinator at the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning program and a member of the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing.
We chatted to Khurram about his love of volunteering.
What inspires you?
The smiles on the faces of people I try to help inspires me. Whenever, I am teaching young migrants some school subject and they grin to portray their understanding satisfies me to an extent that it becomes a motivation to continue community service and gives an incredible feeling of being useful to the society.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I enjoy every aspect of volunteering, but one aspect of ‘diversity’ overtakes others. Volunteering makes you understand and appreciate the diversity we live in. It is again a motivation factor to do more for the community and value differences in order to achieve our mutual goal of a progressive and prosperous Australia.
What have been some of your most favorite volunteer roles?
Every role I have ever pursued as a volunteer was enjoyable and enlightening. One of the roles I would like to mention is my volunteering at Vinnies Op-Shop. Although, the experience was exhausting, still it was extremely fun and interesting. As it was more a local op-shop, it was a good way of interacting with fellow residents of Wyndham and understanding their indispensible needs.
How did it feel to win the Premiers Volunteer awards?
It was an absolute surprise! To be acknowledged, as a volunteer was in itself an honor, which felt amazing. Moreover, I consider it as recognition to young people from diverse background dedicating their precious time to create a long-lasting social cooperation.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I see myself in a United Nations mission, using my professional skills, to serve in health and social services sector in Australia and outside.