Out of love, I Care and Serve Others

Written by Rut Dwi Ardiyantini (Volunteer Sekolah Sungai Code)

Hey, call me Ruth. I am a final year student, majoring in Social Development and Welfare, FISIPOL UGM batch 2016. Now I am a volunteer in one of NGOs in Yogyakarta, namely Project Child Indonesia. I joined batch #30. I have started this volunteer for about 2 months and will continue until June 2020. At Project Child Indonesia, I joined Sekolah Sungai team. Surprised and happy when I heard the good news, that I was accepted as a volunteer at that time. I thank for being given an extraordinary opportunity and trust for me to be able to learn, grow, and develop together with Project Child Indonesia. Of course I’m very grateful to be a small part of this cool NGO.

Being a volunteer means caring and willing to serve. But the basis of both is love. Love, caring and serving are related. Out of love I care. Out of love, I wanna serve and benefit for others. The law of love in the Bible, especially on Matthew 22:39 states that “Love your neighbor as for yourself.” It means love others as we love ourselves. There are still many of us who are less fortunate like us who have enough, those who are in need and need our help. Loving is my basis for serving, because serving without love becomes a pointless thing. If we have based ourselves with love there must be a sense of caring and willingness to serve sincerely. This also relates to the motto owned by Project Child Indonesia, “every one can do good.” Yes, everyone can do good that can be started from the simple thing that is caring. Care will move the heart to want to serve others by helping each other and making positive changes. Serving others means having great care for others.

Through Sekolah Sungai Program, volunteers and interns did the services to vulnerable communities in the river side in Yogyakarta, namely Code, Winongo, and Gajahwong river. I am involved in the Sekolah Sungai Code team. Together with the team, I do service to the Code river side community. We educate all layers of the society including children, parents, and community leaders about health, environment and disaster prevention. The education is intended to raise community awareness about matters relating to those 3 issues, which is can bring to positive change for the community itself. When educating, I participated in the process of community development. I socialize, participate and contribute directly to the community. I am happy to be able to benefit others through volunteer activities that are useful.

During doing this volunteer activity, I learned many things and got the benefits that I felt. Project Child Indonesia has taught me about commitment, responsibility and good teamwork. I feel happy to meet, make new friends and also new family with people from various places and backgrounds, we share our story each other. From that I get broaden networking opportunities. I also get new experiences in working in an international atmosphere and get insights from many learning that held by Project Child Indonesia, such as through self-development and bonding activities. Beside that, Project Chil Indonesia help me on practice and improve my leadership skills and other skills. All of that can help me in developing my capacity to be even better. I hope in the end, through this volunteering activity, I get a better life learning and understanding that I have never had before.

Message from me as a volunteer is “serving with love will create a sense of caring, gratitude, sincerity, and comfort in serving others.” That will certainly makes volunteering activities become fun and good.

Intern Demography Batch #30

Keeping Up The Enthusiasm with “Volunteer of The Week”

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Volunteer of the Week is one of Project Child’s programs to appreciate the volunteers’ efforts during their time in Project Child. Initiated by the Human Capital Department, this program is organized to improve volunteer enthusiasm. Those volunteers are chosen because of their activeness, initiative, and high participation in their respective programs. They are also bringing positive energy into their workplaces, making it fun to interact with them. In February, we have Devania Mandalika from Sekolah Sungai, Annas Izzulhaq from Drinking Water Program, and Asdinar Galuh Wahdini from Sekolah Pantai.

To understand how they were able to get the award, we need to know what activities they do in their respective program. Annas, who is assigned in the operational team in the Drinking Water Program, said that he is mostly working on the preparation of the roadshows that DWP planned.

Annas is one of the volunteers in Drinking Water Program

“I’m usually preparing the equipment that we need for the roadshow.”

Apart from that, Deva from Sekolah Sungai, explains that she usually design the study plan and make the rundown for their visit to the schools. “I like designing plans and writing, so I would take notes when I have meetings. I also made the rundown for our visit to Sekolah Sungai Winongo.”

On the other hand, what Dinar does in Sekolah Pantai is not that different from what Deva and Annas do. She and her team also teach children about environmental, health, and disaster educational campaigns, such as doing experiments on the water to educate them to differentiate clean and dirty water. They also have a sex education class, which surely helps the children to understand better about themselves.

All of them didn’t expect that they would get the award. Dinar and Annas expressed that they are quite shocked by the award. “I even didn’t know there was an event like this.” said Dinar.

She also expressed that meeting with the children and making other volunteers were the things that made her happy, even without the award. Deva is also clueless when she is awarded by Volunteer of the Week. “I didn’t even know I got this award before my friend told me.” She also said that this is an excellent program as it can boost the enthusiasm of fellow volunteers.

For accomplishing the award, one of the considerations is the positive value you bring to the work environment, whether it is for the children or the other volunteers. Dinar shared what she usually does in Sekolah Pantai.

Dinar is one of the volunteers in Sekolah Pantai

“I do everything with a positive mindset like everyone does, although I have been doing it even before I got here.”

She also always shares her brightest smile when she is on duty. “If you put your heart into whatever you do, you will enjoy it.”

Deva also thinks the same.

Deva is one of the volunteers from Sekolah Sungai. She is on the right side wearing black colored hijab.

“I don’t do anything special, but I stay true to myself. “

She continued, “I don’t feel embarrassed when I constantly ask questions about something that I don’t know. I am also a tireless person.”  Lastly, they hope that the other volunteers will always do good deeds, even outside PCI. Dinar gives us the important message, “Give your best effort for everything.” They also wish that all the arranged projects would be successful. “I sincerely wish that our planned projects will run smoothly.”

Every volunteer in PCI is indeed doing a good job. “Volunteer of The Week” is an appreciation for everyone, including those who aren’t awarded. Great job, everyone!

PCI and An Organized Way of Giving Kindness

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

There is a common belief that to succeed, you have to grab whatever chance you have, or else it would be someone else’s. This belief makes us unaware that each individual has a competitive relationship and slowly gets too caught up with our stuff. We may forget that we live as human beings and we’re not living alone. As you may be competitive with everything, you can take a step back to look around you and do a considerate act for someone. Check up on your friend, pay your friend a meal, or tell your mom that you love her.

Kindness is one of the crucial habits that is encouraged in Project Child. People may do kindness in spontaneous ways, such as smiling to strangers, holding a door to strangers behind them, or saying thank you to a barista after they make you a coffee. We don’t always plan for kindness, and we do it because we want to do it. However, in Project Child, we try to do an organized act of kindness. This means we always do kindness to society in an organized way so that we can have an impact on them. 

Doing kindness in an organized way means we have to prepare the agents of the event. Interns and volunteers are one of the essential aspects of it. Therefore on Friday, 21 February 2020, we have Kak Surayah Ryha, the Executive Director of Project Child Indonesia, to present the importance of doing kindness in an arranged way.

In this rare chance with Kak Aya, she motivated the interns to be the significant agents to always be helpful for the people around us while not forgetting that we have the capability to do it in a well-organized way, not just doing it without good planning. One inspiring story she told the interns, “A few years ago, we had clothes that were given by exchange students. We think we can distribute to the people who need them. We were giving them freely, but it turned out so bad. “

“We didn’t use our capability to think that we have a more organized way to help them.”

She then recalled that it was a success after she and her team changed the plan. “We ended up selling them at a very low price, and we included the children in this event. They learned how to bear responsibility, the parents could get what they wanted, and we succeeded in giving the kindness that we want.”

Even though it is not always easy to do kindness in an organized way, PCI believes that at least everyone can do good. It also becomes a reminder for us to step back from whatever we are doing right now and look for around you.

Learning about Scholarship in PCI’s Study Club

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

An American rapper, Jay Z, once said,

“I am hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter.”

To be curious about new things is indeed good as you will learn something new. In Project Child Indonesia, it’s the Human Capital Department’s job to deliver. As one of the departments which function to develop the skill and knowledge of the interns and volunteers, this department presents a study club as a safe place for everyone here to learn something. This month’s study club is held on Tuesday, 19th February 2020.

Bringing up the issue of tips on how to get a scholarship and studying abroad, there were around ten interns and volunteers joined the club. This month’s study club, we have Mahayu Firsty Ramadhani as the guest speaker. Mahayu, as one of LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) scholarship awardee, shared her experiences when she studied at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. She was also awarded an Erasmus non-degree Bachelor Exchange Program to have an exchange at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

With experiences and knowledge that she has, she shared essential tips on how to get a scholarship, such as checking the deadlines for the application, and always be careful when filling the application form. “It seems simple, but you must be careful and rechecking everything,” as Mahayu stated.

She also shared websites that provide scholarship information. One point that can be taken is we need to be active in searching for the information, as it is us who need it.

“Be active in finding the information. Always read first, avoid asking the information before you read them.” 

After that, few people asked her questions, such as how to get a motivation letter, whether volunteer activities are needed to get the scholarship, or which universities are eligible to choose. Ema, one of the interns from the partnership division, feels the club is beneficial for her. “The information I have received is really helpful for me. I get to know many things that I didn’t know before about scholarships.” The study club which is held once a month is also a proof that PCI always tries to make an impact, including for the volunteers and interns. 

Getting The First-Hand Work Experience at Project Child Indonesia

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Coming all way from New York, United States, Jasmine Berger, is happy to have cultural and work experiences here at Project Child Indonesia. After getting accepted into Princeton University, she had a chance to do a gap year program funded by her university. She is staying in Yogyakarta for nine months along with her friends in the same program.

Throughout her five months in Project Child since October, she has done many things with Project Child. After meeting around 70 volunteers in her first batch of the program, she conducted interviews with them and compiled their profiles in a book. She is also able to experience Indonesian culture when she went to different schools in the programs.

“To have experience living in a foreign country and structured work cultures definitely enrich my perspective on life,” 

Jasmine, who is planning to take Public Policy as her major, saying that doing an internship here also broadens her global perspectives. “Because I’m interning in an international NGO, the experiences and people I meet would be different.” Although she has experiences in doing an internship in another place such as Planned Parenthood, she always has different feelings for each place. The benefit of getting first-hand work experiences such as here would be great exposure for her. Such well-known NGOs like Project Child also offers her a chance to meet many people and have good networking.

“If I were given a chance to go back, I would like to go back, because Project Child is a strong community which everyone has the sense of belonging here and I feel that,” 

Spending nearly five months here is not a short time. Certainly, she has gained many memories, and as they said, every memory is precious. Even so, Jasmine still has an experience that will remain in her mind. One day, at the end of a class of a program, a farewell party was held for everyone. “Everyone was crying when they knew it was the end of the program and I feel what Project Child did was really making a real impact for everyone,” 

It is one of Project Child’s values to facilitate volunteers in many kinds of ways. Besides giving a chance for them to teach children who are needed, having the real experience of working in organized work culture is also a good thing for young people like Jasmine Berger.

PCI’s Welcoming Party: Where It All Begins

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 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.