Deevya Gupta, Volunteer, Nutrition Australia Victorian Division

Deevya is a regular face at Nutrition Australia Victorian Division. Over the last two years, she has worked on a range of related projects, equipping her with valuable work experience to complement her studies.

What inspired you to get involved?

Being a part of an organisation which helps the community, whilst gaining experience, is what caught my attention at first.

I was studying my Bachelor in Human Nutrition at the time and wanted to apply for Masters in Dietetics, I thought volunteering would be a great way to gain some experience to help with my application. The more hours I put in, the more comfortable I got and the easier it all felt.

What did you get up to?

I’ve had the chance to work in a range of areas. One of my first experiences was helping prepare for cooking demonstrations. I’ve also researched and developed content about Australian nutrition/dietetics courses for the website.

For the last two years, I’ve been on the student membership committee, which involves presenting to the nutrition/dietetics students at my university about Nutrition Australia and the benefits of becoming a member.

More recently, I’ve become a regular volunteer administration assistant, which has been a great way to pick up other skills needed in most workplaces or offices.

I also had heaps of fun testing recipes for the Healthy Eating Advisory Service. This involved making some small healthy changes to recipes, preparing the food...and tasting it of course!

What do you enjoy most?

One of the most engaging experiences was assisting at workplace cooking demonstrations. It’s great to visit workplaces and hear positive feedback from the workers (and tasting the yummy food!). Not only do they learn healthy eating tips, but I learnt a lot during the demonstrations as well.

There are many opportunities to volunteer, it’s very flexible and not all volunteer roles require you to be in the office. So whenever there is a role that suits you, just apply!

What would you say to someone considering volunteering with Nutrition Australia?

I would highly recommend it. The staff at the office are very helpful, understanding and friendly and there is much to gain from the experience. Start with whatever hours you can commit to, and try a range of activities. Not everything is hands-on with food, but it’s still helpful in other ways so don’t be afraid to try new projects!