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Student Volunteer Feedback

2010 has proved to be such a vibrant year for MUVP on our lovely campus. Students have been up and about taking the initiative to give back to the community with in and outside the the sunway area while bringing more to the student life of Monash.

Check out the student feedback from the 2010 Monashians who volunteered with the various N.G.Os MUVP partners as they aspired to the spirit of volunteerism through an exchange of skills, knowledge and experience between students and the community.

Nothing short of an amazing contribution from the N.G.Os and Monashians in making the launching year of M.U.V.P a successfull one for both students and N.G.Os not forgetting our very own Monash UNniversity Volunteer Program at large.

Wandile Mashoba
School of  Business (Double Majoring in Economics and Marketing 2nd year, 2nd sem)

What have you been doing in the NGO?

I am interning with Elevyn. Currently, I am creating an awareness campaign in campus about fair trade and Elevyn social enterprise. Recently, we visited an open day hosted by one of the communities supported by Elevyn (Mang Tha) where we learnt more about refugees and the origins of the people supported by Mang Tha.  

How is it benefiting you now and/or in the future?

The experience was close to life changing as the tragic stories of the refugees made one appreciate and be content with what one has because there are people who do anything to be in one’s situation. Furthermore, the beautiful smiles that were put on by the peole made put me in shock. I did not understand how people whose lives have never been good were so happy but then it hit me that one’s happiness does not only depend on the cards dealt by life but by you. Life can get really hard, but that does not mean you cannot be happy with the little that you have, it does not mean you cannot love and love back.

Your experience at the NGO?

Elevyn is a relatively new enterprise, However they are extremely kind, helpful and should be awarded a token of appreciation for the job they are doing especially since they are young people. Not many young graduates often think about using their skills to empower marginalized communities. We are often after money and tend to forget about disadvantaged people.

Heng Yee Chin
School of Business and Economics

What have you been doing in the NGO?

Together with my volunteering partner, we are working on starting a campaign on campus to raise awareness of fair trade among the Monash community, and also to introduce Elevyn (the NGO we worked with) and its role in promoting fair trade for marginalized communities in Malaysia.

How is it benefiting you now and/or in the future?

Elevyn is a social enterprise with a very interesting concept of creating an online sales platform for marginalized groups to sell their products. It is a good experience getting to know the people and their inspirations in setting up the organization. It gives me a different perspective of how business knowledge can be applied in achieving social change and development.

Your experience at the NGO?

Our first activity was visiting Elevyn's office for a briefing session and to get to know the team. We also went for Mang Tha's open day to get to know the people and their operation (Mang Tha is a social development project for Chin Women Refugees). Mang Tha is one of the groups that are selling through
Elevyn's online platform.

Darius Ninesh Hashindha Augustine
School of Information Technology.

What have you been doing in ARROW?

Stock verification of the conference docs, articles and books.
Updating the DB  

How is that benefiting you now and/or in the future?

It helps me to get the experience needed in the IT field.
It gives the experience of working in an office / organization.   

Your experience at ARROW?

The Lady in Charge is very good and encouraging. Very understanding.

Jalia Mariam Hussein
School of Arts and Social Sciences

What have you been doing in ARROW?

I had the opportunity to work from home but got a chance to go to ARROW twice as most of the work is sent through mail. I had an assignment to design 3 flyers for an upcoming event.   

How is that benefiting you now and/or in the future?


Designing these 3 flyers has improved my knowledge about using adobe and as per the future, my CV will show this as an internship/volunteer program.  

Your experience at ARROW?

My experience has been great, working with Biplabi is great.

Lochna Menon
School of Arts and Social Sciences

What have you been doing in Tenaganita?

I find work at Tenaganita to be rather satisfying. So far, through media monitoring,
i have come to learn a lot of things besides improving my general knowledge.

How is that benefiting you now and/or in the future?

Occasional banter with the staff has also taught me many things about NGOs- or rather, how they function as a group. I have also come to learn many things such as the kind of funding that they get and who funds them and how these details shape policy. In addition I've also come to notice that they consider their roles to include more than just the migrant women workforce to include things like sexuality, children and basic human rights.

Your experience at Tenaganita?

As a student of communication studies and internationals studies, building contacts in the NGo world is necessary and even advisable. I find how NGOs differ individually to be a very fascinating idea. And I also have lots of respect for NGOs – especially women's rights that I’m passionate about.

Wong Ka-Mun
School of Business

What have you been doing in Tenaganita?

I have been going through newspapers and taking out articles that are related to the issues dealt by tenaganita.

How is that benefiting you now and/or in the future?

It benefits me through familiarizing with the issues dealt by tenaganita.

Your experience at Tenaganita?

My experience in tenaganita is alright so far. I find the people are friendly, which is good.

 

 

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