The First International Startup Grind Yogyakarta Event

Google Grind

Startup Grind, the world’s biggest entrepreneur community powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, held their first official international event at Antologi Collaborative Space, Yogyakarta on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The event took place as a result of a partnership between Tarugeni Foundation as the local sponsor and Project Child Indonesia as the organizing committee. By bringing the event to Yogyakarta, we aim to empower local entrepreneurs and strengthen their ability to make positive impact in the world.

 

As a city going strong with its economic growth, Yogyakarta is a hot spot for fast-growing startups and emerging companies in various fields. Being a part of Startup Grind, Yogyakarta joins a list of over 250 cities worldwide actively hosting events to connect, inspire, and educate their community of entrepreneurs. Startup Grind events strive to bring together entrepreneurs and people who are passionate about entrepreneurship, providing them with a space to engage as well as giving them inspirational insights through a fireside chat with influential people leading in their fields.

 

The event presented a Forbes “30 Under 30” honouree, Pamela Wagner as the main speaker. Formerly a Google employee, Pamela is the founder and CEO of Ajala Digital, an Austria-based global marketing agency focused on highly profitable advertising campaigns which has helped more than 2000 advertisers across 21 time zones – from Hawaii to Australia – grow their businesses. Interviewed by Jason Canniff, an American social entrepreneur and a Lead Mentor for the Entrepreneurs Institute and GeniusU based in Singapore, Pamela spoke about her journey to success and shared valuable inputs on entrepreneurship and self-development.

 

Attended by 50 people, ranging from business owners to university students, the event started with a networking session, followed by interview and Q&A sessions and more networking afterwards. As Pamela also admitted, networking had contributed more to her success than her study or work experience, Startup Grind accommodates everyone involved to network with people who share similar purpose-driven minds, making real connection and opening up new possibilities to achieve greater globally.

 

Written by Margareta Danastri,
Content Writer – Project Child Indonesia

Developing Professional Volunteerism in Social Works

 

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.

 


Written by Margareta Danastri

Project Child to Expand its Drinking Water Program to Eastern Part of Indonesia

The UN recognizes access to the clean water as one of the basic human rights. However, the access to safe and affordable drinking water is still a country-wide problem in Indonesia. There is still no free drinking water installation system available in primary schools in Indonesia. Thus, the cheapest way to get drinking water is by boiling tap water. This becomes an issue when the tap water itself is contaminated, so boiling won’t ensure its safety. The safer option is to buy mineral water sold in plastic bottles or gallons which is costly and will generate a significant amount of plastic waste.

 

Clean water access is one of the leading concerns that made us start the Drinking Water Program in 2014. Considering that children do not have access to the clean and free drinking water during their time at school, we came up with an idea of providing safe and affordable drinking water access for school children. We installed water filters in our partner schools and encourage children to bring their own tumbler, therefore minimizing trash from single-use plastic bottles. We also hold weekly classes to give lessons about healthy living and environment preservation.

 

The program currently runs in 12 schools in Yogyakarta and 8 schools in Pacitan. By 2017, we have successfully installed 28 water filters in Yogyakarta and Pacitan, and help give access to clean drinking water to more than 2000 school children. In 2018, we are planning to expand our program to partner with more schools in Indonesia. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, there is a total of 234.711 primary and secondary schools across Indonesia, attended by a total of 52 million students. While 77% of the schools have access to clean drinking water, it is estimated that there are 50.000 schools still lack access to clean drinking water. Our long-term goal is to reach out to double the number of children we have currently impacted and raise awareness of the importance of safe and affordable drinking water access to local and national government. Our closest plan in the near future is to bring this program to Fakfak Regency in West Papua Province. Depending on the number of students present in 3 chosen schools, we aim to impact approximately more than 500 students aged 7-13 years, in the time span of one year.

 

We are going to use a similar approach that had been successfully implemented in our partner schools in Java. After researching the geographical and economical challenge in each school, we will build an active collaboration with primary schools and community administrators, especially in communities living near the shore and under the poverty line. The next step will be installing water filters in our partner schools and launch training sessions for local communities on water filtration, sanitation, and maintenance. We will also hold regular classes on water, sanitation, and hygiene in collaborating schools for one year.

 

To ensure the sustainability of this program, we will form the water committee in each school, consisting of teachers and parents. The water committee will be responsible for the usage and maintenance of water filters installed, making sure that the program will still last even without our direct assistance. We also plan to collaborate with local youth organizations, health government clinics and the official health department working in the field of drinking water to perform monitoring on the program. We are hoping that this program will grow bigger and become one of the local health government clinics or health department programs. Hopefully, this will be a positive start for this program to expand to more places in Indonesia, helping people in remote islands who still lack access to drinking water.

 

You could help make this plan come true by donating via 

https://kitabisa.com/airuntuksekolah

All your donation will be used for installing the drinking water filter in schools in Fakfak Regency, West Papua.

 

by Margareta Danastri, Media Intern at Project Child Indonesia

5 Tips to Stay Hydrated at School

By Felix Prayogo

 

Students, especially those in elementary schools, have a high probability of getting dehydration. The problem with these students is, that they don’t understand the early symptom of dehydration. There are several ways to teach them and make them understand about this issue, but sometimes students need another way to tell that they are hydrated enough, especially when in school. These are 5 ways to ensure that students stay hydrated.

Be a good role model.

Children tend to copy what’s around them, especially adults who are closest to them. Parents and older siblings are the ones who they try to copy. So why don’t you start to teach them how to keep hydrated. Tell them to drink a lot while in school. Don’t forget to bring tumbler for both you and the child, and give them an example of the importance of the drinking. You can also teach them how to identify early symptoms of dehydration so that they can tackle that easily. Being good around them makes them good children.

Include water-based foods at their lunchboxes.

Many fruits and vegetables are made up mostly of water, making it easy to get some extra hydration at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A few of favorites include cut-up watermelon, grapes, cucumber, and broccoli. For school, you can add fruits and vegetables to the menu. Children tend to love fresh fruits and of course, they will love some watermelon in their lunchboxes.

Let your child pick their bottle and lunchbox.

Children are much more likely to drink and eat what’s inside if they love the outside of their bottles and lunch boxes. Bottles and tumbler nowadays are varied in design and looks. Most likely children will choose bottles with their favorite cartoon characters on it. It’s an incentive for them to keep them hydrated. Probably it will cost you more, but it’s a small price to pay to keep them happy and hydrated at the same time.

Pack water – no matter how close the destination is.

Some parents may be indifferent to these tips as the school is near their house. But whatever the reason, ask them to bring their bottles (with water inside, of course). Keep them hydrated even if your home is close enough to the school and children will go home earlier than their friends.

Prefer water over other drinks.

When choosing drinks for kids, avoid those that have caffeine, such as iced tea or many sodas. As a diuretic, caffeine can contribute to the dehydration process by increasing fluid loss. In addition, as a stimulant, it can depress the symptoms of dehydration. Beverages such as soda or juice-flavored drinks might taste refreshing, but the high sugar content is unhealthy for many reasons and should be avoided for hydration except as a last resort.


We hope these tips help you and your children to keep hydrated at the school.

Enhancing Environmental Awareness through Field Trips

As part of our effort to provide alternative education to the children of Yogyakarta, Project Child is promoting environmental awareness through local field trips. We believe that field trips give children an invaluable educational experience outside of the classroom while enhancing their appreciation of nature. By visiting different institutions around Yogyakarta, children are able to learn in a more practical and interactive manner compared to a traditional classroom setting.

Last Sunday Project Child took local schoolchildren to Bhumi Merapi, where they fed and played with animals, planted trees, and swam in a nearby river. These moments of natural connection gave relevance to school lessons and our recent group sessions.

Field trips are excellent for child learning in a number of ways. Field trips cater to different learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinetic) through active play, observation, and group projects. They allow children to learn about ideas and environments only available outside their neighborhood. They can stimulate a child to try new things and can spark new interests and passions. Finally, through field trips, children learn about serving others in their community.

Project Child believes that experiencing nature is important, as it has a positive impact on our psychological and emotional health. Many scientific studies show that spending time or living in more natural settings relaxes the body and calms the mind.

Project Child aims to provide holistic learning for our students; our field trip to Bhumi Merapi was indicative of this effort. Project Child will continue to develop activities for students to have a lasting impact on their life. If you want to be part of this goal, you can take an active part through volunteering and contribute to our cause.

Kapitania Imaniar & Septian Fajar
Program Coordinator at Project Child Indonesia

We’re Looking for a New Team Member: Teaching Quality Assurance Officer

Project Child Indonesia, Yogyakarta office invites application from happy, passionate and driven Bahasa Indonesia speaking candidate for the following position: TEACHING QUALITY ASSURANCE OFFICER

As a Teaching Quality Assurance Officer, your main responsibilities are:

  • Assist the volunteers in Lesson Plan development
  • Proofread the Lesson Plan made by volunteers.
  • Oversee all the teaching activities
  • Make report and analysis to be used by CD team

Qualifications:

  • Fresh graduate or Senior year student from any major (Educational Degree are preferred)
  • Happy, open-minded and have passion in working in education sector
  • Strong observation and analytical skill
  • Excellent documentation and reporting skill
  • Detail oriented and have the ability to write a comprehensive and detailed report
  • Strong interpersonal and team-working skills

This is a paid position (part-time) and based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This position will report directly to the Educational Manager of Project Child Indonesia.

All candidates need to submit the application with recent CV with photograph and motivation letter to our email contact@projectchild.ngo (Subject: TQA Application) no later than 30 October 2017.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

So, you decided to volunteer in a social organization. You’re still new to the volunteer world, so you might be worried or confused on what to do, or what you should do. You also might be afraid to ask to other volunteer or your supervisor. In the end you probably won’t do much work and you won’t enjoy volunteering as you should be.

So, what makes a good volunteer? Are there any indicator to it? Probably there are, but for most of the organization, these are the main factor that you can call yourself a success volunteer.


1. Commitment.
Consider your schedule first. If you are a full time worker, who work from Monday to Friday, from 9 to 5, it will be better to take weekend program or project. Or also consider the cost, as sometimes you might need to be abroad or in other region to do a voluntary project or program and you are needed to be self-sufficient. For some non-profit organizations, your commitment is priceless. For them, your commitment is the key to their success. No commitment can ruin programs or projects that organizations already make and it’s also bad for your resume, as usually you seems incapable of giving your time for the work you are given. Commitment is one of the key to your success volunteering.

 

2. Flexibility
Combined with your commitment, you have to be flexible. It can means you have to be ready for something so sudden. Sometimes you can be contacted by your supervisor to do a job that need to be done immediately. Sometimes you are also needed by your supervisor to do something that you might have no or little knowledge of, but there are no one available to do it, beside you. Flexibility in volunteering can be in a shape of time and skills. The benefits of you being flexible are you are better in your time management and you also have a new skill or ability to do something that might be useful in the future.

 

3. Team Player
Most of the programs or projects that are ran by organizations are usually ran in team, which mean you have to be a team player. You have to communicate to your supervisor and your colleague volunteers. Being a team player will be advantageous as your work is shared with others. You will also get a bonus of learning how to do things together, and it will be good for your resume as well. One more reason for being a team player, you will strengthen your bond with your co-volunteers, meaning you will get a new network outside from your current circle.

 

4. Adaptable
This one might be hard, but sometimes it’s the major point of being a volunteer. By being adaptable, you are aware of new situations, and you can manage to handle those new situations very well. You are also needed to be adaptable to new working environment, especially if you are volunteering abroad or in other region of your country. Different culture and work ethics will be imposed to you, and being able to adapt to those will greatly help you making your volunteering easier.

 

5. Creativity
Last but not least, creativity. This isn’t necessary if you are volunteering in a short-term, as you are already given a job description by the organization where you volunteer. You might need creativity in a long-term voluntary projects and programs, as you might be encountering new problems and new situations that made you need to think over the plans that you and your team have made. By being creative, you can help tackle problems that happen when you are volunteering and it also helps you as a person, people around you and the organization where you are volunteering, as they might use your solutions for future references.


These are some of the factors you might find from a good volunteer. But these aren’t common standard for a good volunteer, as different organizations need different factors as well. If you think you don’t have most of the factors that have been mentioned in here, you can ask directly to the organization you want to volunteer. You can also check their interview questions when you do the interview with them as you might find what they need or what they are looking for. These factors can be your references, but it might be not 100 percent accurate. So search more for it in the Internet or by asking people who had been volunteering.

-Written by Felix Prayogo

Why Volunteer? Few Reasons to Consider

So, after you know what is volunteering, you still wondering, what will I get from giving away my free time and resources for something that’s free? Well, when you volunteer, you will get lots of benefit. You might not get salary or money to compensate with, but here are some of the reasons why you should volunteer.

  1. Volunteer live longer and healthier.

Yep, you read that right. Volunteer tends to live longer and healthier than those who are non-volunteer. Dawn C. Carr, assistant professor at Florida University, said that “older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being and live longer.” She also mentioned that these older people are those who are already did some volunteering when they were young, and some of them still doing it post-retirement. Also, for those of you who like numbers, United Health Care did a study in 2013 on people who volunteered in the past 12 months and found that 76 percent of them feel healthier, 94 percent said that it improve their mood, 80 percent said they have control over your body and 78 percent said that volunteering lover their stress levels. So, volunteering made you not only physically, but also mentally healthier.

  1. Volunteering is good for your career.

Yes, it’s good for your career. For you who still studying in university or college, volunteering will help you in the eyes of recruiters. United Health Care, in the same study as above, found that 49 percent of those who are working and volunteering said that volunteering helped with their career in the paid job market. By volunteering, you will get a new experience, especially on practical work that recruiters usually need on their way to look for employees. Those are teamwork and several skills that are needed for the job you applying. You can also understand how to work directly because sometimes there are things that not been taught in classes and you can get it through volunteering.

After working, the effect of volunteering also helped people to grow their career. 87 percent of those who said that volunteering helped their career, also said that volunteering developed their people and teamwork skills. 75 percent of the same people also said that it helped them with their time management. Volunteering can help improve your career skills.

  1. Volunteering help bring out your passion.

Usually, you know what to do, or what you like to do. You probably like to meet lots of people and talking to them. You might like to teach children. You like to help people in needs. But you don’t get the space or place to do so. By volunteering, you can do what you want. You can volunteer as teacher for those who are still illiterate. You can talk with people in needs, motivate them to do well or to do things. You can help elderly in nursing house and hear their stories. It brings happiness out of you. You can also volunteer to give contribution to some issues you support. You can volunteer to plant trees at specific places as you are environmentalist, or you can volunteer as veterinarian to help animals adapting to their own habitat, etc. It can make you feel satisfied, as you are fulfilling something you encourage.

  1. Volunteering helps expanding your network

When you are volunteering, you meet lots of people from various background. Carr said that you might find people outside of your circle. Your friend inside your circle or in the same network as yours probably provide redundant information as they are doing the same activities and know the same people as you do. By volunteering, you expand your network to new people and new interests that these new people have. From there, you can get more option to continue your life, as lots of choices are given by people from your own circle and also from people you met when volunteering. That’s why volunteering might help you with your network.

There are lots of other reason that you might find inside yourself. So think deeply, what will I get if I volunteer? Is it for my present? Or for my future? More than just money or salary (which you won’t get anyway), there are lots of thing to explore for you while volunteering.

 

-Written by Felix Prayogo

What is Volunteering?

Volunteering. Is it good? Is it bad? The classic stereotype that appears when you hear the word “volunteer”, according to Dummies, is someone who has lots of time to spare and is looking for something to do. While it’s correct, this stereotype is also misleading. Not everyone who is volunteering has lots of time to spare (consider some full-time office workers who volunteered in several non-profit organizations) and is looking for something to do (consider housewives with lots of housework to do).

So, what is volunteering? Merriam-Webster defined it as “a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service, such as (a) one who enters into military service voluntarily; (b) (1) one who renders a service or takes part in a transaction while having no legal concern or interest (2) one who receives a conveyance or transfer of property without giving valuable consideration”. Meanwhile Oxford Dictionary defined volunteer as “(1) a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task; (2) a person who works for an organization without being paid”.

From those two reliable sources, we can take some keywords. Those keywords are: voluntarily, freely, willingness, without being paid. As you might already know, while you are volunteering, there are some aspects to which you might want to sacrifice. Mostly you are sacrificing your time, energy and money. But, in returns, you get lots of benefits, from new experience, meeting new people, polish your resumes and, most of all, you enjoy something you love or passionate to.

So, volunteering is a good thing. While you might be doing something that takes lots of your resources, it also gives you new things to learn from. Whether it is for your enjoyment or for your resume, doing something for “free” can make you a better person. For those who still hesitate to volunteer, think of new experience you might get for something you need in the future. For those who are volunteering, this is your chance to show the world what you can give to the community. Lastly, for those who have already volunteered, you’ve done a great job and don’t forget to volunteer again for better future of you.

-Written by Felix Prayogo

Sekolah Pantai – First Meeting

On Saturday, July 29th 2017, Project Child Indonesia had successfully conducted the first meeting of Sekolah Pantai in Pacitan, East Java. After two years of preparation and almost a year of construction, the school building had finally been ready to use. The school, located in Pancer beach Pacitan, comprises an open-space classroom, an office building, a kitchen, a sanitary facility, a playing field, a campfire site, and a chill out area, making the school a sufficient and comfortable place for children to learn and explore.

Around 30 students from the neighborhood showed up in the first class, bringing along their curiosity and enthusiasm. The first meeting was intended to get the children to know each other and also the volunteers, therefore we had prepared some introductory and ice-breaking games. The games were delivered in both Indonesian and English and we could start to see how good their English vocabulary is. We had a class full of energetic group activities from 3 PM to 5 PM, and the children were very excited to join all of them. The activities took place in both the classroom and the sports field. The wide school area allowed the children to move around freely, thus they seemed to love the space! Some of the children even stayed longer after class to play some sports with the volunteers.

The volunteers also did a wonderful job delivering the class. There was a total of 15 volunteers and staffs helping out in this first meeting, consisting of local staffs and volunteers from Pacitan, Yogyakarta, and foreign staffs and volunteers from Germany.  By the end of the class, we could already engage well with the previously shy children. We could also see the parents’ interest. Some dropped their children off, encouraging them to join the class, and some stayed in the school area throughout the class session to watch their kids with joy. It seemed like this first meeting was a pleasant experience for everyone involved, signifying a positive start for this program.

We are hoping to see a great future from Sekolah Pantai, that will allow us to reach our goal to impact the communities in Pacitan.

Written by Margareta Danastri