FAQ

By Kwame Sarpong (Kwame interned for RIJ for two months from 2011-2012)

STUDENT LIFE AND TIME

As students we could use our time to study, do part-time jobs, engage in recreational activities, relationships, etc.

WHY THEN ARE WE INTO VOLUNTEERISM?

Because “People are the real wealth of the nation” UNDP Report (1990)

  1. Volunteerism is a basic expression of human relationships: participate in the society and to feel that you matter to others.
  2. The ethos (moral attitude) of volunteerism is infused with values including solidarity, reciprocity, mutual trust, belonging and empowerment all of which contribute to the quality of life.
  3. Volunteerism contributes to peace and development: To eliminate poverty, improve basic health and education, provide amenities such as good drinking water, reduce the risk of disaster, combat social exclusion and violent conflict.
  4. It’s the backbone of many NGO and governmental organizations.

WHY REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL JAPAN (RIJ)?

  1. You are agents of development and as emphasized in the first UN State of the World’s Volunteerism Report: “volunteerism is a means by which people can take control of their lives and make a difference to themselves and to those around them”.
  2. Prestige in helping others.
  3. To add to  your CV.
  4. Establish network for the future: (a) among students (b) RIJ faithfuls including staff, donors, ambassadors, etc.
  5. Acquire skills: Through RIJ activities, you will acquire management skills, interpersonal relationships (tolerance and co-operation), become a team player, etc.
  6. Opportunity to learn new skills, learn more about refugee related issues, and increase your self-confidence and professionalism.
  7. You could explore a career option in the world of non-profit.

WHAT IMPACT CAN I MAKE?

Put smiles on the face of refugees or IDPs and empower them through…

  1. Sharing information about refugees and displaced issues with others.
  2. Raising funds through your student organization to assist those in need.
  3. Volunteering in RIJ activities such as Tree of Hope event.
  4. Promoting RIJ activities (refugee issues) in schools, colleges and universities.
  5. Reducing the multiple consequences and ripple effects associated with IDP and refugees.

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