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.
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.