Volunteer Nurse Jasmine Koh has been involved with Operation Smile since 2011 and has been part of cleft missions in Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, China, Cambodia and the Philippines.
Jasmine on her first mission in Uzbekistan with her first Operation Smile patient.
Speciality: Intensive Care Nurse. PACU nurse with Operation Smile
Current workplace: Melbourne, Intensive care Unit
Why did you decide to volunteer with Operation Smile? I have been involved in Operation Smile mission since 2011 and am still very much a big fan of the organisation. Since my younger school days, I have always enjoyed volunteerism my school organises. It gave me a great insight of life out there and a sense of fulfilment and happiness. Operation Smile was the perfect choice when my colleague first introduced me in 2008. I love kids, I love volunteerism and I love my job. Operation Smile was my only choice and it was perfect.
Why do you feel the responsibility to take care of these children?
I am one of the lucky ones that loves my work, and even luckier that my profession allows me to have to opportunities to serve the children who unfortunately do not have the access or resources such healthcare. It is certainly my utmost privilege.
How has volunteering with Operation Smile impacted you professionally and personally?
Operation Smile has undoubtedly opened up my eyes and my world. Volunteering keeps me grounded and I am humbled from every angle in life and in my career through these missions.
How does the work of Operation Smile inspire you?
Operation Smile missions have definitely inspired me to be a better person and a more compassionate nurse.
Australian nursing volunteers- Jasmine, Carmel & Rinnah on mission in the Philippines February 2017