April 29, 2020

British IVLP Alumnus Joins with the NHS to make a Difference during COVID-19 Crisis


Jessica Wade is an alumna of the U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program and a physicist. She volunteers with the National Health Service in London to deliver medicine and food to people at risk of COVID-19. (© Thomas Angus)
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) connects current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. In London, IVLP Hidden No More alumna Jessica Wade is volunteering to make a difference both at home and abroad.

Wade, a British physicist at Imperial College London, promotes and participates in the National Health Service’s Volunteer Responders, a platform that connects people with the most vulnerable members of their communities.

As a responder, Wade picks up medicines and food for people at risk, phones to check on the elderly who are under quarantine and helps arrange others’ transport to hospital appointments.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the IVLP has made me a better person in many different aspects of my life,” she said. “The Americans on the trip taught me the importance of giving back and volunteering.”

Note: This article was originally published on ShareAmerica

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