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September 17th 2015

Sea Cadet volunteer: “I feel able to relate to young people better in the school learning environment”

A Secondary School teacher from Nottingham who teaches rowing, First-Aid, and marine engineering in her spare time has described the benefits that volunteering has on her career.

Adult volunteer Rebecca Carter, Executive Officer at Nottingham Sea Cadets, teaches history to young people in her day job and helps to inspire Cadets to achieve qualifications through the Sea Cadets in her spare time.

Rebecca Carter, Sea cadet volunteerRebecca, aged 26, told of how the cross-overs between her teaching career and volunteering role have helped her to gain confidence in the classroom and get more out of her students.

She explained: “Volunteering with the Sea Cadets is great because it allows me to put my teaching skills into practice. Having seen Cadets that I have taught go on to achieve such great things I feel able to relate to young people better in the school learning environment and understand what my students want from a teacher.

“As a Sea Cadet volunteer I have had the chance to supervise a group of Cadets to march in the National Trafalgar Day in London, and taught countless Cadets leadership skills which have benefited Cadets in later life.”

Rebecca, who first joined the Sea Cadets aged 12, has also found the chance to bring her passion for history into her volunteering role by organising historical trips.

She explained: “I ran a successful Battlefield Tour to France and Belgium in October last year where Cadets had the chance to take part in the Menin Gate ceremony in Ypres and some were able to find the graves of their relatives from World War One which was very emotional.

Explaining why she originally wanted to become an adult volunteer, Rebecca said that she wanted to give young people a role model like she had when she was a Cadet.

Rebecca commented: “As a Cadet I had six years’ worth of adults investing in my future in their spare time, and I wanted to be able to give that back in some way. The Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK fantastic opportunities for personal development by taking part in a range of activities both on the water and on dry land.

“There is no feeling like racing down a river in a kayak or hoisting a sail for the first time, so to be able to both create and share memories with those I teach is an experience like no other.”

To find out more about volunteering with the Sea Cadets in Nottingham, 0115 958 0528 or visit www.sea-cadets.org/nottingham

“As a Sea Cadet volunteer I have had the chance to supervise a group of Cadets to march in the National Trafalgar Day in London, and taught countless Cadets leadership skills which have benefited Cadets in later life.”