When I think “NGO”, scenes of doing volunteer work in exotic locations usually flash through my head. Sometimes I would imagine what it would be like to work for an NGO precisely because it piqued my imagination thinking about travelling around the world and having adventures, while still being able to help out in a big cause and make a change in the world. However, with the help of our CWTS class, I realized later on that it’s nothing at all like the glamorous lifestyle I picture in my head. Being a part of an NGO doesn’t mean that you’re on a permanent vacation because in reality, a lot of hard work and effort is put into the causes they support. It doesn’t always guarantee a promising future and it is for this reason why being a part of one of these organizations is a noble act.
You can’t deny that members of NGO’s are very selfless to devote time and energy for the benefit of those whose causes they support. Having been part of service-oriented organizations, I know that this isn’t always easy so I give those who put the greater cause before themselves much credit. I admire the dedication of volunteers and workers of NGO’s. Blood, sweat, and tears may have been shed in fulfilling their duties (or missions? Which is better?) but this doesn’t stop them from trying to make an impact.
Sometimes with the way the world is right now, it’s quite easy to think that everyone in the world only does things for themselves – it seems like everyone’s out there only to get money or make themselves (or just the people they’re close to) happy. The number of NGO’s that participated in our CWTS program has helped clear that thought from my head. Through casual chatting and discussion with some friends outside class I would learn about some of the NGO’s that they worked for. Whether they’re helping specific groups of people, the environment or the country as a whole, being a part of an NGO is a noble job and an important responsibility to take on. The beauty of it is maybe no one even asked them to these jobs – they all just probably felt the need for it and took matters into their own hands. Although we weren’t exactly “volunteers” since we were required for CWTS class to participate in their works, helping out and assisting these people with their work had moments that all probably made us feel like we were doing something right and something responsible.