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

 

 

Sharing with Others: The Easiest Way to Get – and – Stay Happy

Article by Jessica Orwig and Erin Brodwin (This article was published on 24 July 2015 on Business Insider)

When was the last time you felt a light-hearted awareness where you had a skip in your step, care-free grin on your face, and overwhelming sense that despite what happened, everything was going to work out?In other words, when was the last time you were truly happy?

In other words, when was the last time you were truly happy? It’s an amazing, but often fleeting, feeling. And many of us don’t get enough of it.

What’s more, there’s a common belief that if we seek out things like a better career, more money, and meaningful companionship, we’ll be happier as a result. But that may be a harmful misconception. Science journalist Wendy Zukerman explained the idea on a recent episode of the podcast series “Science VS.”

To measure the level of happiness in people around the world, scientists use large surveys like the Mappiness app and the World Happiness Report where thousands of volunteers answer questions about how satisfied they are with their quality of life, overall well-being, and happiness. While the results can’t conclusively say what exactly makes all humans happy and what doesn’t, the growing literature on this topic has found several key themes in how people can go about finding more, long-lasting joy in life.

 

How much of our happiness can we actually control?

Many of us try to achieve happiness by accumulating more things in life that we think will make us happy, like higher income or a stable family life. But as it turns out, there’s a scientific reason this strategy won’t do us much good. A pretty large chunk of our happiness is genetic.

Several studies done over the past decade estimate that anywhere between 30% and 80% of our happiness is dictated by our genes. One large recent study of 20,000 pairs of fraternal and identical twins (widely recognized as the easiest way to separate the differences caused by nature and nurture) found that roughly 33% of the variation in life satisfaction is explained by genetic differences. Other studies suggest that anywhere from 10% to 60% of our happiness comes from our attitude and overall outlook on life.

If you do the math, that means that just a fraction — about 10% of our happiness — comes from external things that happen to us, including changes in our career, relationships, or income. So while going after that promotion might seem like it’ll make you happy, all that stuff only chips away at the tip of the iceberg.

Hedonic Cycle

A psychological phenomenon called the “hedonic adaptation” — first coined in the 1970s — states that we all have a base level of happiness that’s basically unchangeable — regardless of what happens in our lives. If we get a job promotion, for example, we’ll celebrate and feel good, but those emotions are only temporary, the theory goes.

In the early ’90s, British psychologist Michael Eysenck likened this constant starvation for more — and more and more — to a treadmill. Consequently, the “hedonic adaptation” is more commonly known today as the “hedonic treadmill.” “You’re running but you’re on that treadmill and you’re not getting anywhere in terms of happiness,” Zukerman says.

Eventually, that boost in happiness you get from a job promotion or marriage proposal will abate, and you’ll be back to the same baseline level of happiness you were before the exciting change.

How to make a change for the better

There are lots of science-backed ways we can improve our overall well-being and grow happier in the long-run. Here are just a few:

  1. Meditate: Multiple studies suggest that meditating — focusing intently and quietly on the present for set periods of time — can help lessen feelings of depression and anxiety.
  2. Go outside: One study found that a group of students sent into the trees for two nights had lower levels of cortisol — a hormone often used as a marker for stress — than those who spent the same two nights in a city.
  3. Get involved in cultural activities: A study that examined the anxiety, depression, and life satisfaction of over 50,000 adults in Norway offered an interesting link: People who participated in more cultural activities, like attending a play or joining a club, reported lower levels of anxiety and depression as well as a higher satisfaction with their overall quality of life.
  4. Spend money on othersA 2008 study gave 46 volunteers an envelope with money in it wherein half were instructed to spend the money on themselves and the other half put the money towards a charitable donation or gift for someone they knew. The volunteers recorded their happiness level before receiving the envelope and after spending the money by the end of that same day. Sure enough, the researchers discovered that those who spent their money on others had a higher level of happiness than those who spent the money on themselves.
  5. Volunteer: In a recent review of 40 studies done over the last 20 years, researchers foundthat one activity was far more important than the rest for boosting psychological health: volunteering. This activity, the researchers reported, had been found in many volunteers to be linked with a reduced risk of depression, a higher amount of overall satisfaction, and even a reduced risk of death from of a physical illness as a consequence of mental distress.

Conclusion: If you’re looking to get a mood boost that’ll last you in the long-term, focus on your state of mind in the present, be grateful for what you have, and stop to enjoy it! You’ll thank yourself a few minutes — or a few years — down the road.

 

Project Child is Hiring new Class Manager

Project Child Indonesia is a local NGO fighting to bring healthy living, environmentalism and quality education to the vulnerable communities in Pacitan.

The Project Child Indonesia Pacitan office invites applications from happy passionate and driven Bahasa speaking candidates for the following position:

CLASS MANAGER

Required Qualifications:

  • Fresh Graduate (preferred) from Any Major
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • Happy and Passionate in Working with Volunteers (local and international) and the Community
  • Excellent documentation and reporting skills
  • Good communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Self-Confidence in matters of teaching in front of children and adults
  • Reliability regarding scheduled meetings, appointments and responding to emails and mobile phone messages as well as working/finishing tasks independently
  • Fair computer skills (Microsoft office, email, internet research)

 

Field of Work:

  • Managing and coordinating volunteer activities and presence
  • Teaching children and adults according to PCI content and methods
    • Includes the capability of teaching in the classroom but also with practical outdoor exercises and activities (for instance gardening, field trips to the beach, sports, etc.)
  • Planning, executing, and evaluating current and future programs of PCI together with the team of staff, interns, and volunteers

This is your chance to enrich your personal and work experience by joining an international influenced social organization which intends to create a real and sustainable impact on children’s lives in the region. Most of our programs are the first of their kind in Pacitan and include unique teaching methods same as a creative and fun working environment.

This position is paid (part-time) and will be based in Pacitan, Indonesia.

All candidates need to submit the application with recent CV with photograph and motivation letter to our email contact@projctchild.ngo (Subject: CM Application) no later than 18 July 2017

Contact Person & Inquiries:

Ningrum at 0877-5891-5245 (Whatsapp or text only) or ningrum@projectchild.ngo

Internet Literacy Program Kick-off

Project Child Indonesia has completed a wonderful milestone this month. After months of preparation, the new Internet Literacy Program has begun successfully. Internet access in Indonesia has grown astronomically but children remain one of the most vulnerable to understanding the positive and negative aspects of the internet. We strongly believe that equipping children with proper internet literacy education would enormously benefit the workforce of Indonesia.

To reach our goal, we collaborated with three primary schools in Yogyakarta. SD Bumijo 1, SD Bangunrejo 1 and SD Vidya Qasana were chosen to be our pilot schools. We were pleasantly surprised with the reception from the children! Although they are already familiar with the internet, they were curious about what can they can do with the internet. We created a unique syllabus to enhance the usage of the internet as well as educated them on computer hardware. We delivered the knowledge using engaging methodologies and lots of games which created 70 enthusiastic children. By extension, our 14 new volunteers were amazing and taught with enthusiasm and pride. We are so thankful that they joined our mission!

In addition, the schools’ response also humbled us. Our program and methods may be unfamiliar with what they usually do in class, but they were encouraging and were on-board to help us make an impact. “We know that our kids are still unaware with the bad side of the internet. And since we do not have capacity with our limited budget to give them education about it, we really support this program” said Mrs. Puji Lestari M.Pd, the headmaster of SD Bumijo 1. We recognize that commitment from the teachers will ensure that this program will remain sustainable and create a grass-root solution to the educational problem.

Finally, we would like to show our gratitude to our partner, Gameloft, who helped us turn our idea into reality. Gameloft has benevolently donated computers to underprivileged schools, making us able to conduct the internet literacy program. In the next-coming months, we would like to enhance our syllabus to create a new perspective that internet could be child-friendly and that we can use it in a positive and useful way. We are always open to everyone who also desires to help the future generation in any possible way. For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our program manager at program@projectchild.ngo.

Here’s to making another impact to benefit Indonesian communities!

 

Written by Septian Fajar, Kelly McEtchin

The Launching of Internet Literacy Program

During the week of National Education Day which occurs in May, Project Child Indonesia (PCI) launched an exciting new program about Internet Literacy. The Internet Literacy Program aims to educate Indonesian primary school children about the benefits of the internet, introduce them to coding, and how to use the internet safely and responsibly. At the initial stage, the program will be implemented in 3 primary schools in Yogyakarta, namely SD Negeri Bumijo, SD Negeri Bangunrejo I and SD Negeri Vidya Qasana.

The demographics of internet users in Indonesia is dominated by the younger generation, where as many as 35.6 million (26.9%) of total 132.7 million internet users in Indonesia are youth, ranged from 10-24 years old (APJII, 2016). However, there is a gap between the digital literacy education in Indonesia with the ease of accessing the internet, where internet usage is a 75% penetration between 10-24 year old demographics. In addition, there has been no structured digital literacy education in Indonesia. In Yogyakarta, most schools cannot afford to have a computer for a teacher due to strict budgets, let alone establish a computer lab.

Through this program, students will be given digital literacy education about from a basic introduction to computers and the internet, how to use the internet safely and responsibly, introduction to coding and programming as well as how to utilize the internet for their self-development. This education program will provid the students from grade 4 and 5 with a fun method by using computer labs provided by our partner, Gameloft Indonesia. The program is aimed to fill the gap between the high internet usage penetration with low digital literacy in Indonesia and to encourage the younger generation in Indonesia to be able to boost the growth of digital and creative industries in Indonesia.

The program has gone through a series of research on digital literacy in Indonesia. The program has  curriculum tailored to the conditions of the digital literacy among elementary school students in Indonesia. Volunteers play the vital role to make sure the program is running well. In the early stages of this program, Project Child Indonesia interviewed and recruited 14 volunteers who have gone through training before they can teach in the program. In later stages, Project Child Indonesia hopes to expand this program to more schools in Yogyakarta and Indonesia.

Project Child Indonesia also calls for an active public participation in providing internet literacy education in Indonesia. Anyone can participate actively as volunteers or donate computers to build a computer lab in the elementary schools which cannot afford to finance the construction and development of one. To actively participate, visit the Project Child web page and if you have any questions on how to help this program please contact us via email: program@projectchild.ngo. [Abie Zaidannas]

Project Child is Hiring!

Project Child Indonesia, Yogyakarta office invites application from happy, passionate and driven Bahasa Speaking candidate for Program Manager position.

Qualifications:

  • Fresh Graduate (preferred) from Any Major
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • Happy and Passionate in Working with Volunteers and Community
  • Excellent documentation and reporting skills
  • Good communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Capable of managing a basic accounting sheet and able to create financial reports

This position is paid position and will be based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. All candidates need to submit the application with recent CV with photograph and motivation letter to our email contact@projectchild.ngo (Subject: PM application) no later than 7 April 2017

Contact Person & Inquiries:
Awan at 085366721122 (WhatsApp or text only ) or hastanto@projectchild.ngo