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Rebecca
Lloyd
Languages: 
English
December, 1988
Bio: 
I am a young professional currently working as an Optometrist in Swansea, Wales, the city I grew up in. Swansea is an amazingly beautiful place to live and after moving away for University for three years, I missed the Gower coastline so much I had to come home. I try my best to enjoy the beaches and cliffs with my friends as often as I can. Another of my passions is music and I try to attend at least one music festival a year. They provide an excellent opportunity to help out and volunteer - next year I hope to steward Glastonbury festival with Oxfam. I have been working as a fully qualified Optometrist for about 5 years and thoroughly enjoy my job. I have also gained a love for traveling and have been fortunate enough to visit many beautiful places over the years. I managed to combine these two loves in 2013 when I volunteered with Vision Aid Overseas working to train Nurses in a Zambian hospital to perform eye examinations. This experience gave me a real insight into how much good can come from a little effort from some proactive organisations and volunteers. It has sparked a real passion for helping create a better, more sustainable way of life for others who may be less fortunate than myself. Even though I am skilled in optometrics I am keen to get involved in any form of project, involving people, animals or environment and I feel that my many other skills including those in teamwork and leadership and my social characteristics mean that I can lend myself well to any project I delve into.
Volunteering Experience: 
In 2013 I volunteered with Vision Aid Overseas as part of a group working to train Zambian nurses how to perform eye examinations and training lab technicians to use machinery to glaze spectacles. The project included teaching students the practical and basic theory elements of eye exams and building their confidence when performing them on patients. The second phase of the project was setting up a new spectacle lab where the newly employed lab technicians were able to make and supply the prescribed spectacles on site. We also went out as a group for some small out-reach projects where we aimed to carry out as many eye exams as possible on people from rural schools or villages who had never had access to any form of eye care. A little closer to home, I also volunteered at my local organisation for the homeless and vulnerable adults. During my time at Caer Las I spend a lot of time talking to the service users there and listening to their, sometimes heart breaking, stories. I also worked to organise food donations and create news letters informing people of the latest social events, nearest food drives/free meals and changes to benefits or services that might affect them. However, during my time there I came to realise that what the people who came to Caer Las really wanted was someone to talk to, someone who actually cared and had time for their stories of struggle and strife, also someone to rejoice with if something went their way. Though I am open to any form of vounteering project, I would love to travel to less developed countries. I am particularly concerned about the worsening environmental issues we face today including deforestation, disruption of eco-systems and destruction of animal habitats. Thus I am especially interested in environmental conservation projects.
Education: 
BSc (Hons) Optometry
Occupation: 
Optometrist
Other Skills: 
Full driving licence.
Fully computer literate.
Skilled in arts and crafts - particularly drawing and painting.
Work well with children.
Rebecca Lloyd
Swansea
United Kingdom
Languages:
English
December, 1988
Description
I am a young professional currently working as an Optometrist in Swansea, Wales, the city I grew up in. Swansea is an amazingly beautiful place to live and after moving away for University for three years, I missed the Gower coastline so much I had to come home. I try my best to enjoy the beaches and cliffs with my friends as often as I can. Another of my passions is music and I try to attend at least one music festival a year. They provide an excellent opportunity to help out and volunteer - next year I hope to steward Glastonbury festival with Oxfam.

I have been working as a fully qualified Optometrist for about 5 years and thoroughly enjoy my job. I have also gained a love for traveling and have been fortunate enough to visit many beautiful places over the years. I managed to combine these two loves in 2013 when I volunteered with Vision Aid Overseas working to train Nurses in a Zambian hospital to perform eye examinations.
This experience gave me a real insight into how much good can come from a little effort from some proactive organisations and volunteers. It has sparked a real passion for helping create a better, more sustainable way of life for others who may be less fortunate than myself.

Even though I am skilled in optometrics I am keen to get involved in any form of project, involving people, animals or environment and I feel that my many other skills including those in teamwork and leadership and my social characteristics mean that I can lend myself well to any project I delve into.
Volunteering Experience
In 2013 I volunteered with Vision Aid Overseas as part of a group working to train Zambian nurses how to perform eye examinations and training lab technicians to use machinery to glaze spectacles. The project included teaching students the practical and basic theory elements of eye exams and building their confidence when performing them on patients. The second phase of the project was setting up a new spectacle lab where the newly employed lab technicians were able to make and supply the prescribed spectacles on site. We also went out as a group for some small out-reach projects where we aimed to carry out as many eye exams as possible on people from rural schools or villages who had never had access to any form of eye care.

A little closer to home, I also volunteered at my local organisation for the homeless and vulnerable adults. During my time at Caer Las I spend a lot of time talking to the service users there and listening to their, sometimes heart breaking, stories. I also worked to organise food donations and create news letters informing people of the latest social events, nearest food drives/free meals and changes to benefits or services that might affect them. However, during my time there I came to realise that what the people who came to Caer Las really wanted was someone to talk to, someone who actually cared and had time for their stories of struggle and strife, also someone to rejoice with if something went their way.

Though I am open to any form of vounteering project, I would love to travel to less developed countries. I am particularly concerned about the worsening environmental issues we face today including deforestation, disruption of eco-systems and destruction of animal habitats. Thus I am especially interested in environmental conservation projects.
Education
BSc (Hons) Optometry
Occupation
Optometrist
Other Skills
Full driving licence., Fully computer literate., Skilled in arts and crafts - particularly drawing and painting., Work well with children.
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