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Work-study Placement

Organisation: IHF
Date: 31 July 2013

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As part of a Work-Study placement I spent 4 hours a day doing local tasks such as teaching classes or spending time with students, and 4 hours completing International tasks as part of various IHF teams, including Media and Fundraising.
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I found IHF online, seeking an opportunity where I could be involved ‘on the ground’ but still gain experience of the internal workings of a grassroots organisation; IHF provided a perfect platform for this. IHF’s Bali center provides supplementary education to Indonesian students in an area otherwise dominated by tourism. Teaching Maths, English and Computing to students up to senior high school, IHF helps to plug the gap that state education creates. Not only have I gained insight to the workings of an NGO from different perspectives, but I have learned a lot from the students; the local village is split into Hindu and Muslim halves, but live together harmoniously. Coming from a Western state which has infinite choices and opportunities, to find communities which exist using far less means really struck me - that an entire family can survive on selling fish at the roadside, for example, is a concept extremely abstract compared to our western perspective which is now ingrained to include laptops, mobile phones and SLR cameras as the norm, nevermind washing machines, televisions and cars. Additionally, I noticed that a lot of communities here have something which evades many families in western states - happiness and contentment. Happy to provide basic requirements for their families, and content with the lives they have built, while many western families are always yearning for the next thing; the next video game, the new Apple product, a sunnier holiday.

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work-day

Organisation: IHF
Date: 24 July 2013

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My name is Wang Xiaochen, a year 3 undergraduate in the University of Nottingham. The center I am work in is located in a peaceful area in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The center is very colorful outside and the people here are pretty nice inside. The work I do here are regular and not hard, and you can do what you want for the center and the children here. When people ask me about the reason I do volunteering, the answer is pretty easy. I just want to do something for the society and try best to value myself. And I also believe that everyone can do little things to make a better world
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volunteer

Organisation: IHF
Date: 23 July 2013

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Teaching English, playing with students.
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My name is Sue, a year one student from University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. This is my first time to go to Indonesia and be a volunteer in IHF Medan Center. Medan Center is the biggest center of IHF in Indonesia, with more than two hundred students. IHF Center provides free education of English, Math and Computer. I teach English in our Center and have a good relationship with our director, local teachers and students. I choose to become an IHF volunteer because I want to help people. Of course I'm trying to help them now, and I also have the chance to practice my English, to make more friends and to learn to be independent.
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Co-Director

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 17 July 2013

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My role as a Co-Director consists of overseeing the center along with 2 other Co-Directors, We have 69 children, we have to look after them on a daily basis, manage their schooling and well being I am also in charge of the legal side of things, My main focus however, is to look after their livelihoods, my experience and educational background is centered around youth and social work, so I regularly hold sessions and work shop, especially to our teenagers
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I have now been in Kenya, Nakuru for almost 3 months, it has so far been the best experience of my life. I can’t imagine myself going back to the UK, and doing a job that is not closely related to what I am doing at the moment. I am a youth worker and I would like to be a social worker, I have experience with NGO work, however, it is not extensive. I was very surprised at how much trust and responsibility I was given with IHF, but I was also given constant training and help by more experienced directors and staff at the centre. We work long hours and some days are exhausting, but being surrounded by the children make everything ok, they uplift me and it helps to think that though I am stressed I know I am making even but a small difference in their lives and that thought always helps me and pushes me on to work even harder. The work is so versatile that I do many things, for example I am in charge of the legal side, I also work on the fundraising side but also do report writing and volunteer training.
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Work/Study Volunteer

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 27 June 2013

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I worked within the IHF Aceh center teaching English, Math, and Arabic to local children. Also put together various educational workshops for the community.
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My name is Yasien, and I am an undergraduate student at Austin College in Texas, USA. I am pursuing a career as a physician, and hope to someday work on international health issues. This summer I am volunteering with the International Humanity Foundation in the Aceh center located in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. This center is an education facility for children, we hold many classes daily that are free and open to any children in the area.

At the center I am in charge of teaching English, Math, and the newly added Arabic class. Each class is held for one hour two times a week from Monday to Saturday between 2 and 6pm. We also teach English and Math in classes in a village outside of Banda Aceh called Blang Krueng. All of our students come to us in the hope that they can be better equipped for their future academic challenges. At IHF Aceh we do our best to ensure that every student is engaged and we work alongside them to master topics they have difficulties with.

I love to make use of things I have learned to benefit others, especially children. With IHF’s focus on passing it on, I am able to do what I love and have some unique experiences I never would have expected to have. I am learning more everyday, and cannot wait to see what there is for me to learn tomorrow!
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work study

Organisation: IHF
Date: 25 June 2013

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During the time in center, I usually work 6 days a week and 8 hours per day. In the afternoon, I teach English and computer classes, and in the morning and evening I spend 4 hours working on Internet work.
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work-study

Organisation: IHF
Date: 25 June 2013

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During the time in center, I usually work 6 days a week and 8 hours per day. In the afternoon, I teach English and computer classes, and in the morning and evening I spend 4 hours working on Internet work.
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My name is cheng ZHANG, a student of The University of Nottingham. I worked in Bali center, Indonesia as a work study volunteer during the summer holiday. Through the website search, I knew IHF and though it is a good way to make my experience different. Hence?I applied and to be a volunteer with a great honor.

IHF Bali center is in the east of Bali Island and locates in the middle of a Muslim village and a Hindu village. Although people of this area believe in different religions, there is no religion strife here. Like most IHF center, our Bali center mainly provides free education to needed children and support their equal right to get knowledge.

During the time in center, I usually work 6 days a week and 8 hours per day. In the afternoon, I teach English and computer classes, and in the morning and evening I spend 4 hours working on Internet work.

It is really a great experience to be a volunteer here. During this period, I have learned a lot. I knew how to communicate with small children, I knew how to cooperate with others well, and it also exercises my speaking ability.

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work study

Organisation: IHF
Date: 25 June 2013

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During the time in center, I usually work 6 days a week and 8 hours per day. In the afternoon, I teach English and computer classes, and in the morning and evening I spend 4 hours working on Internet work.
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My name is cheng ZHANG, a student of The University of Nottingham. I worked in Bali center, Indonesia as a work study volunteer during the summer holiday.
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Work Study Volunteer

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 24 June 2013

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Spent my time divided between online and local hours.
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My name is Evie, and I’m currently a second year university student from London. I first heard about the International Humanity Foundation’s work through my sister, who has volunteered as a Co-Director in both the Medan and Chiang Rai centres. I quickly found myself fascinated and impressed by the charity’s efforts, so it seemed absurd to not seize this amazing opportunity and apply for a Work-Study volunteer placement. I soon joined my sister in Chiang Rai, and it was honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made, not only a chance to volunteer with thirteen incredible children for a great cause, but also to discover a country as beautiful as Thailand for myself.

IHF Thailand is a home for children from the Northern Thailand hill tribes, who have have found themselves in vulnerable situations. It creates a family, support network and provides education to empower the children, alleviating them from marginalisation and poverty. My time at the centre is spent either online - completing work to assist the charity’s efforts, or locally - be this cooking dinner, helping the children with their homework, or mostly, just spending memorable, quality time with the children.

Working in Chiang Rai has motivated me to travel in the future. The knowledge and experience I have gained here is invaluable, learning about the IHF through its various mechanisms– fundraising, recruitment and the importance of media for example - I’ve gained an incredible introduction to the NGO sector, something I was relatively unaware of before.

The time I’ve spent with the children has proved invaluable, and inspired me to cherish every second of this opportunity.
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Work Study Volunteer

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 24 June 2013

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My name is Evie, and I’m currently a second year university student from London. I first heard about the International Humanity Foundation’s work through my sister, who has volunteered as a Co-Director in both the Medan and Chiang Rai centres. I quickly found myself fascinated and impressed by the charity’s efforts, so it seemed absurd to not seize this amazing opportunity and apply for a Work-Study volunteer placement. I soon joined my sister in Chiang Rai, and it was honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made, not only a chance to volunteer with thirteen incredible children for a great cause, but also to discover a country as beautiful as Thailand for myself.

IHF Thailand is a home for children from the Northern Thailand hill tribes, who have have found themselves in vulnerable situations. It creates a family, support network and provides education to empower the children, alleviating them from marginalisation and poverty. My time at the centre is spent either online - completing work to assist the charity’s efforts, or locally - be this cooking dinner, helping the children with their homework, or mostly, just spending memorable, quality time with the children.

Working in Chiang Rai has motivated me to travel in the future. The knowledge and experience I have gained here is invaluable, learning about the IHF through its various mechanisms– fundraising, recruitment and the importance of media for example - I’ve gained an incredible introduction to the NGO sector, something I was relatively unaware of before.

The time I’ve spent with the children has proved invaluable, and inspired me to cherish every second of this opportunity.
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