by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)
Volunteering, although it may sound a bit ludicrous for some, even so people will always get the benefits of it. Getting the priceless experience, practicing soft skills that you have learnt in school, gaining opportunities to meet many people from different backgrounds, making connections, and many other reasons that you can name it. Above all, volunteering can help you improve your personal development if you put your heart into it.
Project Child Indonesia, as one of the non-profit NGO, offers one event that would help volunteers to achieve those things at the beginning of their volunteering program. A welcoming party, an compulsory event which volunteers and interns should join to get to know each other. Making connections between the inner community is an excellent thing to do before everyone gives back to the outside community.
Held on the second weekend of February, 8th-9th of February 2020, the welcoming party is arranged by the Human Capital interns, Tash, Jasmine, and Sam. It began with a seminar with Mr. Kukuh, who is the co-founder of Pameo.co about Project Management.
After an hour, after moving to Omah Noto Plankton, everyone is gathered into their respective departments and have to perform in each department. From dancing to doing a play, everyone goes all out.
One of the volunteers from the Drinking Water Program (DWP), Annas Izzulhaq, shares his thoughts about the welcoming party. Being in the third year of uni, he feels joining this volunteering program is a good opportunity for him.
“I start looking for an activity that is off-campus, and it is when I found Project Child Indonesia.”
The welcoming party also helps him to find different stories with divergent perspectives that he desires. “It was absolutely fun, I got so many things from the welcoming party, and it was such a good event.”
On Monday morning, everyone did yoga with Katherine as the instructor. Then, the volunteers, interns, and staff did river tracing. With two instructors guiding everyone, the activity actually gives an impact for everyone’s personal development. Annas stated, “I learn to compromise with the challenges in front of me, as the track is not what he expects and is quite hard.” However, he still considers it as a fun time with other volunteers.
Another volunteer, Melisa Tanady from the Sekolah Sungai (SS) program, said the same thing. Melisa, who has been volunteering since last year (Batch 29), mentions that getting new friends is what she got from the welcoming party, although she is going to meet others throughout the program.
I will meet many people from here, including the volunteers and the interns.
Regarding personal improvement, she said she would accomplish many things such as teamwork, public speaking, and leadership from the program.
Nevertheless, it was a warm welcome that everyone genuinely feels. It might be just a welcoming party for everyone in Project Child’s team, but it is also beginning before everyone embarks the journey for giving back to the community.