After a year I joined in Sahabat Anak as a teacher for Marginal Children, the volunteers gave me a chance to being a Coordinator of Sahabat Anak Kota Tua. It was the first time for me to lead the volunteers and ensure all the program and planning went well. It was not easy to lead a volunteer activity, especially when I asked them for an assignment, sometimes they didn’t happy because I was not a good leader. Might be, I knew very well how to manage a team professionally. However, it was the first time in term of voluntary, I did not know how to treat them as good as a leader of volunteers.
One time, I did a mistake to a volunteer, when she does not finished an assignment and made a bad impact for our beneficiary which is the children. Since I was disapointed and pointed out her in a forum, it was so hurt for her. I knew that because that happened to me before, when i joined in the committees of Jambore Sahabat Anak. Stupidly, I did that when I know it hurts. -__-‘!
After a year became a coordinator, I joined in the other volunteer activity, named TurunTangan – a social politic movement. This movement got 20.000 volunteer in a couple months only. What’s more amazing was they could encourage volunteers to innovate and initiate a lot of projects. Together with some volunteers, we created a political education project for Senior High School, named Kelas Negarawan Muda (Now, I am no longer in that project).
Innovating and initiating a project has taught me so many things about voluntary.
The volunteers are not paid for their hard work, they come to a volunteer activity / project with their love, their goodwill, and their sincerity. Then, how must we treat them? How the volunteers understand that they are so important, and their work have a good impact for the others.
When he said that, I realized that the volunteers need more than appreciation. We need to treat them as a family, as a part of us, as someone who is really important in our project, yessss indeed they are the most important thing in a voluntary project.
Even they did a mistake, we need to tell in a good way, in good sentence, Kak Herry Dharmawan was the leader of Kelas Negarawan Muda (and also one of my role model) ever taught me a ‘sandwich technique’ to tell a criticism or a negative things. That technique is very very use full for me even in professional work. I will tell you guys personally once you need that ^__^. But, if you realize, I already used that technique through this story 🙂
Anyway, again, from voluntary I got a lesson learn, a precious lesson from the volunteer itself. So, will you join in a volunteer activity?