Doing Internship from Home: How Is It for The Interns?

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Doing an internship in Project Child Indonesia requires you to be at the office or working for your project for 20 hours per week. That means four hours on average on weekdays. It sounds easy for those who have the privilege of time as those interns in the Batch 30 now. 

It has been a month since the interns did their respective jobs. However, suddenly the world is hit with the COVID-19 virus. Before it got worse, everyone must not be at the office and work from home. How does this affect the interns that usually spend their time at the office? How do they overcome their boredom? How do they work on their projects away from the office?

Adjeng is one of the interns from Partnership department

One of the interns from the partnership department, Adjeng Tunjung Pamase, or known as Adjeng, expressed that she missed interacting with everyone. “At the office, I get to talk to other interns, do my tasks, or join clubs that PCI offers.” However, in this work from home situation, almost everyone is forced to do their jobs in front of their laptops, including Adjeng. Her deadlines are also becoming her thing to keep going, as her urge usually is just watching the interns working at the office. She explained further, “I still have the same amount of work, well, it adds a bit, but it’s still fine.” 

Niar is one of the intern from Human Capital department

The different situation is faced by Niar Maharani. Niar, who is from the Human Capital department, has to hold several projects because of the social distancing policy. “All of the clubs that I arrange have to be at the office, and we have to cancel all of that.” It is indeed an awful situation, but she understands.”After discussing with the supervisor, we have solutions for it. Therefore, it’s okay.” 

Both of them now have plenty of time to spend. Niar shared that she is doing her normal life as she is doing a revision for her thesis. “I also watch Korean Dramas to kill time. It helps a bit.” Adjeng, on the other hand, divides her time between her work and trying new things like joining online zumba classes. 

 Adjeng hopes that this will pass soon, and everyone can enjoy Ramadhan. She also wishes for the funding project that PCI holds to succeed as it will help those who are in vulnerable communities such as people who live near the Code, Gajahwong, and Winongo river. Same goes with Niar, she wants everyone to stay healthy despite being amid a pandemic. Our prayer goes with everyone. Cheer up!

Pasar Mandiri: The Volunteers’ Effort

Behind every successful event, there are always hard-working people. Although they are assigned to different parts, all of them become the backbone of the events. The real example is Pasar Mandiri, a project which Sekolah Sungai held on 7-8th of March. 

Pasar Mandiri is a project that introduces the idea of the importance of thrift shopping, which also reduces textile waste to the children. Held in respectively three places, which are at Sungai Code, Winongo, and Gajahwong, this event is successful because of the volunteers and coordinators’ efforts. For the volunteers, it must be a fun journey.

Enrico Ardhana Putra or Rico from Sekolah Sungai Winongo expressed that they had several steps to prepare the event. “For the first step, we have to gather unused clothes from people.” Following their publication through Project Child social media, they gathered a quite amount of clothes. The same thing is also expressed by Melisa Tanady, a volunteer from Sekolah Sungai Code. “We (the committee for Pasar Mandiri Code) sorted the clothes a week before the event.”

The volunteers didn’t work alone. The children also helped them to run this event through roleplaying. They became cashiers, securities, sellers, which is also an exercise for them to learn about the concept of responsibility. Ideas are also exchanged between the volunteers and the children. Therefore it is not only mainly from the volunteers’ opinions. 

While this event is considered a success, the obstacles are still there. A volunteer from Sekolah Sungai Gajahwong, Wani Utami, or Tami, revealed, “It was raining at the morning of the event (03/08).” She added that the volunteers also had difficulty in carrying back the unsold clothes. The same thing happened in Winongo as it was heavily raining in the morning, forcing them to delay their departure to Winongo. “We are supposed to go at 6 AM, but it got delayed to 8 AM.” said Rico. 

This annual event also benefits both the children and the volunteers. Melisa said she got the priceless experience and the importance of being grateful. “I think personally the children would get exposure on how to sell things which they wouldn’t get in school.” 

Lastly, all of them wished that the next Pasar Mandiri would also be successful. Tami said that she hoped for more attention in the preparation of the event. Rico said he would expect nicer decoration next year, and Melisa wished that it will always be a useful event for everyone. Despite all the difficulties they faced, we always try to improve ourselves to do good things. 

Studying From Home: Is It Our Time to Invest in Stock?

As we work to meet our needs everyday, we may question whether we ever feel secure with our condition. We may define secure as having meals for three times a day, having fixed income every month, or maybe being able to go to cinemas more than four times in a month. It is different for every person, but we agree that it is not a bad thing if we have money more than we actually need. 

While we wander to find the answer to our biggest question, ‘How to have more money’, we probably don’t even realize that we often hear it. Yeah, you heard it. It is the word investment. Investment comes up in many types, for example, stocks, bonds, mutual funds. 

The second study club held by the Human Capital Department in April was discussing stocks investment. Zunarsa Hafizh Rizqulloh, Branch Representatives of PT Phillip Sekuritas Indonesia was the speaker of the finance club this month. Hosted in Zoom, there were a total of 21 participants from Project Child Indonesia, including the staff, interns and volunteers. X talked about many aspects in stock investment such as the basic concept which is there will be the people who need the money and the ones who have the capital, the benefits of it including the gaining capital gain, dividen, bonus share or stock split, and of course, the risks which is divided into capital loss and  liquidity risk. 

Kak Hafizh explaining how to buy stocks

40 minutes of the conference were in fact short. After 25 minutes explaining the materials, some of the participants raised questions about their curiosity of stocks investments. The questions are various, such as when is the best time for us, as the investors, to buy the stocks in the middle of the pandemic, how much money the students need for investing stocks, and how to count the stock price in certain times. 

Kak Hafizh was happy to share his knowledge about stocks investments to Project Child Indonesia. Nevertheless, it was a great time for us, team Project Child Indonesia to learn something new although it is only using Zoom. We hope it encourages us to do something good in the future!

I Don’t Get Paid to Be Awesome

by Witri Utami (Sekolah Sungai Volunteer)

  Sherry Anderson once said, “Volunteers do not get paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless”.

     A volunteer is also known as an unpaid worker. When it comes to volunteering, the only requirements that we should have are passion and positivity. The positivity comes from the positive attitude, it is shown when our mind is looking for valuable action that we can do for everyone. While passion is about the willingness and effort to do it continuously, wherever and whenever it is needed.

Tami is the one who is wearing black hijab

     My name is Witri Utami, I just graduated from a private university, Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta, majoring in law. I had never been involved in volunteer activities and decided to do it when my friends told me about their experience involved in volunteering at Project Child Indonesia. Then, I tried to find out more about volunteer activities on Project Child Indonesia through social media and followed the selection process. One of the interesting things about Project Child Indonesia is the friendliness of its members that make us comfortable to interact with each other. They welcome new members in a fun and educational way, which can be seen from a welcoming party session that is filled by a sharing session and then followed by some activities that can unite one another.

     Project Child Indonesia offers volunteer opportunities which consists of some divisions and one of them is Sekolah Sungai. Sekolah Sungai has numerous projects where we are able to increase our social engagement skills. We conduct activities for the society in certain areas to provide additional knowledge that will be useful for their daily life. Also, we have projects for children such as learning class and Pasar Mandiri which was conducted last month. We believe that school is not enough for social learning, as we are aware that the main purpose of school is providing an academic aspect.

     Project Child Indonesia tries to help the children of the younger generation to learn about social engagement where children will pay attention to how to do everything with sincerity, like helping others through volunteering. Volunteering in Project Child Indonesia is not only about having a connection to the community or committing activities together, but also benefiting us as we have various self-development programs as a tool for us to develop ourselves. Self-development is not only for personal interests, but also to familiarize themselves with each other.

     As Kofi Annan said, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the others for helping others.”

     That is the value that I got in Project Child Indonesia as long as I become a volunteer. Volunteering as a family where we are working together to spread kindness through useful activities. It can transform yourself to become a responsible person. Furthermore, it is one of the ways to boost your personality. 

Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good

by Monica (Sekolah Sungai Volunteer)

Firstly, let me introduce myself, my name is Monica and I am currently studying at UPN “Veteran” Yogyakarta majoring in Petroleum Engineering batch 2016.

Monica in one of the Sekolah Sungai session

I want to share my experience since I become one of the volunteers in Project Child Indonesia (PCI) Batch #30. It has been 2 months since we did a training and welcoming party before becoming active in PCI’s program. My position in this organization is the volunteer of Sekolah Sungai in Winongo River. Sekolah Sungai is one of the programs which the target is given to the community at three riverbanks in Yogyakarta namely Winongo, Gajahwong, and Code. Every group has seven volunteers including two interns. I am so grateful that I could meet new friends and make new experiences with others while trying to achieve our mission together although we are from different backgrounds.

At Sekolah Sungai, we focus on conducting events based on their needs and potentials, for example Pasar Mandiri, Nutrition Supply, and Urban Farming. At the first and second of Sekolah Sungai in Winongo visits, we tried to introduce ourselves by calling the children around their house. I was really impressed by their enthusiasm and friendliness. We gathered them into a community meeting place, but they still forced me to call their other friends. Then, they took my hand and I felt so happy as I thought some of the children were shy. I thought they would be shy to meet me for the first time, but they were so brave. In our activities which only lasted for 2 hours, we did many things such as introducing our team, playing together, giving them the rules when they joined the class which helped them to respect others, and lastly we explained the material needed. At the end of the meeting, we gave them fruits. After the class finished, they were so happy and I was proud when they were excited to join the next meeting. Then we made plans for the next meeting. We were part of this volunteering and we wanted to give our best contribution to them. I made sure that all groups were planned clearly and in detail according to the plan. 

The first program was Pasar Mandiri, a secondhand market by the children of Sekolah Sungai to raise awareness about the importance of thrift shopping to reduce textile waste. It also provided an opportunity for children to learn what transaction was and how it worked. For the next meeting at Sekolah Sungai, we gave the children an opportunity to roleplay which helped them to understand to become a security, seller, buyer, note taker, and cashier. Then we made some decorations too. At Pasar Mandiri we sold second hand clothes for people around there and the income was used to give educational events for the children in riverbanks of Winongo, Gajah Wong, and Code.

I am content that I could see their beaming faces when they joined the class. I have learnt many things that we have to be always grateful for what we have now. I love a quote by John Wesley, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” as it reminds me to do good to everyone. As they say, keep your circle positive and surround yourself with good people!

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. 

Hal – hal seru jika kamu bergabung menjadi volunteer di Project Child Indonesia!

by Humaira Hasna (content writer intern)

Gimana sih rasanya jadi volunteer di Project Child Indonesia?

Menjadi bagian dari volunteer atau yang bisa kita sebut relawan  disuatu komunitas atau organisasi ternyata dapat memberikan banyak pengalaman, serta kamu juga dapat mengeksplor berbagai hal. Atau  mungkin saja kamu bisa bertemu dengan jodohmu jika ikut kegiatan ini!. Menjadi relawan itu menyenangkan, kamu akan dapat banyak relasi tentunya. Tidak salah kan jika kamu memiliki banyak teman yang sepemikiran denganmu yakni senang membantu sesama serta memiliki jiwa sosial yang tinggi. Terlebih lagi dengan anak-anak, bagi saya tingkahnya yang ekspresif justru memberikan semangat tersendiri untuk berinteraksi dan bersendau gurau dengan mereka.  Banyak hal hal seru yang bisa kamu ambil jika ikut andil dalam kegiatan relawan ini!

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they worthless, but because there are priceless – Sherry Anderson

  • Dengan kegiatan volunteer ini wawasan kamu akan bertambah

Mengikuti kegiatan volunteer kamu akan dapat pengetahuan mengeni lingkungan barumu. Kita juga dapat menambah pengetahuan mengenai culture dari teman barumu di berbagai daerah yang berbeda. Kegiatan Project Child ini bisa menambah list  destinasi liburan kamu  untuk mencari spot-spot foto dan tempat makan hits yang sebelumnya belum pernah kamu kunjungi bareng temen-temen, pacar, atau keluarga.

  • Banyak hal bisa kamu dapatkan

Banyak banget pelajaran yang diambil jika kamu mengikuti kegiatan ini. Kamu bisa belajar bertanggung jawab dengan tugas yang diberikan oleh kakak-kakak, belajar mensyukuri hidup, belajar sabar,  belajar menjalin komunikasi yang baik, semua hal bisa didapatkan dari volunteer ini untuk memberikan manfaat bagi oranglain serta bagi dirimu sendiri.

  • Friendship!

Istilah tak kenal maka tak sayang menjadi penting jika mengikuti kegiatan ini. Dengan bertemu dengan teman-teman baru kamu dapat sharing berbagai macam pengalaman-pengalaman mereka dan terlebih lagi teman-teman dari berbagai negara. Berbagi cerita mengenai banyak hal menjadi bonding tersendiri untuk menambah wawasan serta relasi yang luas.  Tentunya kamu dapat banyak relasi dan berguna banget untuk hidupmu kedepannya. Selain relasi kamu juga dapat mencari pasangan hidup loh. Jangan takut jika ingin bersosialisasi karena staff –staff Project Child sangat friendly dan baik. Kamu juga lebih bisa dekat dengan anak-anak kecil, karena secara tidak langsung bagi yang suka dengan anak anak  dapat memberikan moodbooster tersendiri bagi kita ketika lagi badmood atau galau abis diputusin pacar.

  • Keluar dari zona nyaman

Dengan mengikuti kegiatan ini,kamu akan banyak belajar hal-hal baru sehingga  cocok banget untuk kalian yang ingin cepat move on. Keluar dari zona nyaman sangatlah penting untuk mencari hal lain yang ada didalam diri kita. Daripada tidur-tiduran dirumah dan gabut lebih baik  ikut volunteer deh lebih berfaedah bagi hidupmu karena kegiatan ini dijamin asik dan seru.