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!

Balancing Your Life with Reciting Al Quran in Project Child Indonesia

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

In order to bring spiritual balance in your life, you may do various activities such as yoga, taking a walk, or reading books. Others may go with religious activities like attending a service or coming to places of worship. To be close to God is believed to be one of the ways to gain peace in their life. by

In Project Child, we facilitate the interns and volunteers to take a break from their busy life and sit for a while to find the balance that we all need. Held on Friday every week, Reciting Quran is one of the mediums for the interns and volunteers to take a chance to learn more about the Holy Book. The activity is not always reciting, but also discovering more about teachings of Quran that have not been taught before.

This club doesn’t focus only on the activity of reciting but also discusses fundamental topics of the Quran, such as the history of it, Tajweed, or known as the set of rules of correct pronunciation and Makhorijul Letters or explanation of the pronunciation of the letter hijaiyah.

Nadhia Dheany Pramesti or Nadhia, one of the interns from the Sekolah Sungai program, surely enjoyed this weekly club. She said she is happy that PCI initiated this club.

“This club helps me to learn more about the Quran. I am content that PCI offers us with this club so that I don’t have to find it outside anymore.”

A volunteer from the Drinking Water Program, Muhammad Chanif Hidayat or Hanif, also expressed that he feels glad about this club. “This is a good program as I usually only see this kind of program in Islamic High Schools.”

Both of them said that they had chances to learn how to recite the Quran in different ways; for example, how people outside Indonesia recite Al-Fatihah differently because they are taught to read it differently. It helps them to understand that Islam teachings are different, although every Muslim has the Quran as the fundamental source of the teachings. They also liked subjects like Makhorijul Letters, because it wasn’t the usual material that they learn in schools. 

Nadia and Hanif wish that this club would benefit them in the future.

“We always learn something in this club.”

Although the club is on hold for a while because of the self-quarantine policy that PCI has to stop the spread of COVID-19, it surely would be back with more various teachings that every member of the club hasn’t discovered yet. 

PCI Alumni Story: Everything is Possible

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

When you dream of something, you may wonder whether you can make it real. Dijwo, a Project Child alumnus now living in Dortmund, Germany, showed that everything is possible. After graduating from Industrial Engineering at Universitas Gadjah Mada, he self-funded himself to pursue a master’s degree at Fachhochschule Dortmund majoring in Project Management in Germany.  

He went to Germany without any scholarship, so he made up his mind to find some money for living. “I did everything I could do, even to sell popcorn at Disney,” he recalled. He did not even feel embarrassed for doing those jobs. “I had to support myself financially, so I did what I could do.”

He currently works as a Project Manager Assistant in a company after climbing his career ladder. To become what he is right now, he has many experiences, even when he was in Indonesia. “I was once a member of the fundraising division in a project at my university.” This is what brings him to his position now. “You need experiences in organizations or volunteering so that you will know how teamwork works.” 

He then shared some tips for everyone about living and studying in Germany. “You need to sort it out what you really want.  Educate yourself with the information about the country, the city, and the things on it before you go there. If you want to look for jobs after finishing your study, you need to search for it since you’re in university.” He also said that the circle of friends are essential. “I make friends with many people, especially people from there.” Having friends of different cultures is also beneficial for him, as he then developed open mindedness and flexibility. Although it’s not always easy for living abroad, but Mas Djiwo encourages us that everyone actually is able to do it.  

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’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. 

Developing Professional Volunteerism in Social Works

by Margareta Danastri

Defining the term “professional volunteerism” is tricky. The word “professional” could mean someone who gets paid for doing a job, whereas the word “volunteerism” means performing work without getting paid. Thus, the term “professional volunteerism” might sound like an oxymoron. However, the word “professional” also means having an exceptional skill and mastery at something. Referring to the latter definition, “professional volunteerism” could be understood as the act of implementing high level of skills, mastery and work ethics in doing unpaid work.

Professional volunteerism usually takes place at nonprofit organizations which mostly rely on volunteers to operate. It is done by preparing volunteers with necessary skills and knowledge to make sure volunteers are ready to contribute positively to the community they work with, instead of doing harm. By developing professional volunteerism, a nonprofit organization could maintain the quality of their programs, as well as developing a strong base of skilled volunteers who hold crucial roles in helping the organization achieve their goals. It enhances the quality of service they give to people or community they work with, and gain better trust from donors and sponsors. Professional volunteerism helps to ensure program sustainability in the long run.

Professional volunteerism is developed by well-managing the projects and activities where volunteers are involved. The organization is responsible for fulfilling the volunteers’ need for support during their volunteering time and making sure that volunteers are appreciated for their contribution. The ongoing problem commonly found in volunteer-based social work is disorganized volunteer management. Some organizations depend completely on volunteers’ good intention to show up now and then without any clear commitment. It is good to facilitate the volunteers’ time flexibility, but besides being ineffective for the program, volunteers will feel disengaged and lose interest over time. It motivates them more when volunteers gain a sense of meaning and accomplishment from the program and are recognized by the organization for their significance. It is necessary to make a distinct agreement about commitment, responsibilities, and benefits that occur to both parties during the volunteering process. Training and orientation sessions are essential to make sure volunteers are ready to face the challenges as they dive right into the field. When given the right support and treatment, volunteers will be willing to go the extra miles and help achieve a bigger impact.

Professional volunteerism assures you that the time and effort you are pouring is carefully managed to benefit both yourself and other people

Professional volunteerism also helps volunteers to grow professionally and benefits the volunteers in many ways. Firstly, it lets you practice your professional skills. When you choose to volunteer specifically in the field of your expertise, it gives you hands-on experience and develops your skills set. You can even acquire new skills and have more freedom to experiment in the relatively low-risk environment. This is especially beneficial for college students and fresh graduates who need opportunities to kick-start their career and increase their future employability. Secondly, you will get a chance to expand your networking. You will get to know people from various backgrounds who share the same views and beliefs as you. You can even meet influential people or community leaders, people who will widen your perspective about the world and those you can earn knowledge from. Thirdly, you will gain an incredibly rewarding experience. Volunteering can be very fulfilling as you do good for other people and help make a difference. It energizes you and makes you feel less absorbed in your daily life stresses. It also helps for professional workers who want a break from their stressful job, as well as improving their skills while at the same time giving back to the community. After all, professional volunteerism assures you that the time and effort you are pouring is carefully managed to benefit both yourself and other people.

Project Child Indonesia aims to develop professional volunteerism by applying professional management in volunteer involvement. By giving volunteer the proper training and orientation, we intend to reduce the risk of giving harm to the society we work with. We value our volunteers greatly, and we do our best in maximizing our resources to better support our volunteers. We really hope that volunteers will gain valuable experience when working with us, and flourish both personally and professionally. Developing professional volunteerism is also our take on maintaining a sustainable act of kindness. By professionally managing our programs and volunteers, we believe that we are able to achieve bigger and do greater good for the cause.