Volunteer, Felma Demecillo, 25, from Visayas in the Philippines, is currently in her third year at Simeon, having renewed her visa each year.
“I would find it so difficult to leave the residents so thankfully I have been able to renew my visa each year to avoid the heartbreak.
“I received such a warm welcome when I came and we are truly like one big family. There’s a lot of love and it’s a very unique place.”
Felma has a BSc in Nursing from University of San Carlos and completed a two-month voluntary placement in a Philippines hospital as part of her studies. However, keen to get to grips with a care home environment and her home country not offering such a set-up, Felma looked to Scotland for her next career opportunity after hearing a friend’s positive encounter with Camphill.
Employment in care remains attractive not only for Felma but across the UK, offering great job prospects, security and opportunity for progression for those with the right skills and motivation.
“Being a live-in carer it feels more like I’m living with my second family. It is a very challenging and thankful job and I would not hesitate to encourage others into the profession. Providing those with care who need it the most is the best career in the world.
“Simeon’s approach is exceptional, encouraging residents to play a part within the home, so the level of experience I am obtaining is excellent. This stands me in great stead for a bright future within the care profession.”