Speaking at World Vision Volunteers’ Circle of Friends Meetup July 2018
I have a confession to make. I just recently realized that I haven’t stayed with any organization longer than I have with World Vision Malaysia! Even though it is far from being a full-time engagement and I have taken breaks in between, I have been volunteering with World Vision Malaysia at my convenience for the 7th year now!
Through the years, I have attempted a whole range of roles and I have definitely grown from these experiences.
Most recently, World Vision Malaysia gave me a new task, which was to share my volunteering experience with an intimate bunch of fellow volunteers and aspiring volunteers! That’s something new that I’ve never done before. I took it up regardless. And it was when I compiled materials for my presentation that I realized I have learned quite a fair bit from my volunteering stint with World Vision Malaysia.
They gave me a bunch of questions to address in my presentation and the questions were pretty much identical to the ones asked during the interview at 30-Hour Famine 2017 Volunteer Training that I just used that blog post as my starting point for this presentation ✌️.
Since I already have the script and the slides prepared, I might as well publish them here for sharing (and my safekeeping). #winwin
I absolutely did not speak fluently as per the script. In fact, I took almost 20 minutes to finish the above. But I’m proud of myself regardless because I feel that I made an impact. #syoksendiri
Also, I gained something unexpected as well. I met a fellow young cancer survivor in the tiny crowd! Colorectal cancer at 22-years-old! The resourceful him tagged me on his Instagram Stories saying, “Found another cancer survivor”, seconds after my presentation. We chatted after the event and it felt like meeting an old friend even though we never met before because — OMG — how many young colorectal cancer survivors are there out there?! He’s the youngest I met so far.
What a pleasant outcome from the event. Totally unexpected but totally amazing. Hope to see him in World Vision and Young Survivors Group events!